Celebrating our 14th Year



Changing Minds & Lives of Alumni & Midshipmen


We are the association of proud United States Naval Academy alumni who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender joined by our supporters and friends. As one of the more organized groups of Academy alumni, we strive to provide a path for “reconnection” to the many GLBT USNA alumni who have over time been disassociated from the Academy and the USNA Alumni Association because of their sexuality or gender identity. We also are dedicated to doing our part to support the mission of the Academy to strengthen the margin of excellence in the development and training of our nation's future leaders, particularly to ensure the dignity and respect of all who serve.



We understand the various phases and levels of being “out” .. first to yourself, then perhaps close friends, peers, parents, your professors and coach, your wardroom, to your division or squad, your office or to the world. Despite “Out” in our name, you don’t need to be out to join us. What matters is that you are you. Some of our members are still questioning, and many members are allies. Some registered members have opted to remain hidden from other members on our roster, but still have full access to our site and communications. USNA Out welcomes all USNA Alumni and other eligible individuals to join us. If you are not yet ready to join as a member, you can still take comfort in knowing that there are many other alumni & midshipmen just like you.



If you are one of us, you can JOIN THE NETWORK OF OVER 300 LGBT ALUMNI AND ALLIES. Membership is open to all alumni of USNA. Associate Membership is available to USNA Faculty and Staff, Midshipmen and Parents of current and former midshipmen.

12/6/2011 - December eNewsletter Published

USNA Out members should all have received the December eNewsletter via email. If you missed this edition or inadvertently deleted it, USNA Out members can find a link to the latest edition under the Members Tab when logged in.

If you aren't yet a member of USNA Out and are eligible to join us, please register so that you can get the latest news from USNA Out.

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11/19/2011 - Navy San Jose State Football Game

It was a great weekend, despite the heartbreaking game in San Jose.

USNA Out members please log in to read the detailed report of the weekend.

Go Navy! Beat Army!

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11/12/09 - Navy/SMU in Dallas

SMU GALLOP has invited USNA Out to join them in Dallas at the Navy SMU game.

From the Chair of SMU GALLOP

“We look forward to hosting our new friends from the Naval Academy & other Armed Services branches, and hope to see you in Dallas in November! Many thanks,” Brian

USNA Out members log in to see event details.

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11/5/2011 - Blue Alliance Celebration of Equality Dinner

USAFA Blue Alliance Gay Tailgate

Raising the Gay Flag
at USAFA

As the one and only “squid” present, I had the honor of representing USNA Out at the second annual Blue-Alliance (BA) Celebration of Equality Dinner in Colorado Springs. The event was held in conjunction with the Army-Air Force game and was preceded by the first ever USAFA gay tailgate. The dinner was held onboard the Academy grounds in Doolittle Hall, the USAFA AOG (equivalent to our Alumni Association) headquarters building. I was very welcomed to participate in all events of the weekend.

USNA Out members log in to read details of this great weekend.

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Fall Announcements and Board member search

USNA Out Members,

The fall is off to a uniquely exciting start, beginning with the end of DADT on 20 September. I'm very proud to announce that our counterpart organization at the US Air Force Academy, The Blue Alliance, was officially recognized on 21 September by the USAFA Association Of Graduates as an OFFICIAL AFFINITY GROUP. Well done, Blue-Alliance!

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10/4/2011 - Blue Alliance is USAFA Newest “Official” Affinity Group

Linda Postenrieder USNA '82 and Steve Clark Hall USNA '75 were the first two at USNA to learn the news. Chatting with the USAFA AOG CEO William “T” Thompson in Annapolis, Steve asked if he had ever heard of the Blue-Alliance. “T” grinned and said “They are our newest official affinity group at USAFA and they are having their annual event in my building next month.” “T” went on to say that this came after a lumpy beginning involving another outside organization. The Blue-Alliance is the first Academy LGBT Alumni group to be officially recognized by their respective alumni association. BRAVO ZULU Blue-Alliance!

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9/20/2011 - A Day to Remember

At midnight tonight (EDT) a new era for LGBT service in the military begins. No words can effectively express the special significance this end has to each and every one of us. I will spend the evening at the Stonewall Inn with close and new friends alike. Whether you participate in a joyous or just a quiet minute of reflection, enjoy the momentous occasion!!

Although a new beginning, the mission of USNA Out remains steadfastly the same, “Changing Minds & Lives of Alumni & Midshipmen.”

We have updated our website for this new age. The extensive revisions on our Gouge for Mids page were a very poignant reminder of how the policy was so horribly intertwined with the daily lives of midshipmen and junior officers. We still have a long way to go to achieve full equality and acceptance within the military, but change takes time and effort. I urge all of you to continue that effort, by remaining visible and active.

Many of our members are getting together Tuesday evening to celebrate, reflect and welcome in a new era. We have a list of locations of get-togethers on our website at http://usnaout.org/09202011-hats-dadt

Brian Bender
Chair, USNA Out, Inc.
http://usnaout.org/faces/brian

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9/14/2011 - HBO Film Premier

As USNA Out members, you and your friends are invited...

USNA Out members RSVP on the Member's Event Page

HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS, FRAMELINE AND GLAAD Invite You to
Join Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
at the World Premiere of
THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
6:30 PM Doors Open
7:00 PM Screening

The Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street

None of us have seen this yet, but we have heard from the director that several of our members are featured in the film.

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9/20/2011 – Hats Off to DADT

Please join USNA Out members around the country as we join our friends to welcome in a new era beyond "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Please note that these events are open to all (typically 21 and over, however), you should have no expectation of privacy when you attend. It is also possible that there would be media coverage at some of these events.

Events are on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 unless otherwise noted.

See the full list of events around the country.

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5/14/2010 – Darren Criss (glee) & Yale GALA

USNA Out is proud to be a co-sponsor of the

Gala Performance to End Bullying

Saturday, May 14th at 8PM
Marines Memorial Theater
609 Sutter Street (at Mason)

click on the image below to buy tickets

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Coming 3/27/2014 - OUT of ANNAPOLIS Goes Full Circle to the Annapolis Film Festival

We are excited that our documentary film OUT of ANNAPOLIS has been chosen to be a part of the 2014 Annapolis Film Festival (AFF)! With this screening, the film has gone full circle through the film festival circuit from the world premier in New York and the spectacular screening in the Castro Theatre of San Francisco in Frameline 33.

The screening of OUT of ANNAPOLIS will be at 3pm on Saturday, March 29, at the Compass Rose Theater, a 75 seat venue - intimate and a great setting for discussion. OUT of ANNAPOLIS is one of three films in an LGBT series which will also include The New Black and a documentary biographical portrait of Harris Glenn Milstead, the star actor of many films by Baltimore director John Waters, I Am Divine.

For more details about the Annapolis Film Festival, visit the Annapolis Film Festival Website




The OUT of ANNAPOLIS Project



the CASTRO MARQUEE

The largest study ever conducted about LGBT Officers in the United States Navy and an accompanying documentary film.

The “OUT of ANNAPOLIS” project began in summer 2008, an undertaking with every aspect of the project being performed by USNA Out members. The project includes both the largest study ever conducted of the LGBT Officers in the Navy and an accompanying 71 minute documentary film.

OUT of ANNAPOLIS chronicles the experiences of dozens of LGBT alumni – from diverse eras, backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and warfare specialties – all through interviews, live footage, photos, and supporting facts and figures. The film aims to educate by providing a factual and representative account of the Naval Academy and military experiences of LGBT alumni, both before and during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The film is currently being exhibited in selected film festivals in markets throughout the United States.

The “OUT of ANNAPOLIS” Study provided an in-depth look at who the LGBT alumni are as a group. This summary represents considerations from more than 200 alumni to date.

The most important finding in the study:

The overwhelming majority of those Midshipmen, former Midshipmen and alumni who now identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender did not identify as such when they entered the service. They were “on their own” to go through the “coming out process” while in the close quarters and sometimes unwelcoming environment of the Naval Academy or the fleet, with little resources and few others like themselves with whom they could confide.

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4/25/2011 – OUT of ANNAPOLIS in Mahan Hall Auditorium

Out film OUT of ANNAPOLIS had its USNA debut on Monday, 25 April in the Mahan Hall auditorium. The Naval Academy was the second federal service academy to screen the film, after an earlier screening in New London, Connecticut, at the US Coast Guard Academy.

USNA Out members log in to read a detailed report of the screening.

For another perspective, read the Annapolis Trident Newspaper article which appeared on page four of the graduation week edition.

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2011 USNA Alumni Association Board of Trustees Election

USNA Out asked all four candidates a few questions pertaining on how they envision USNA Out can better serve the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the U. S. Naval Academy. All four candidates have responded, and we have placed their responses here on our homepage for all to read.

The candidates biographies are published on pages 33-34 of the January-February 2011 edition of SHIPMATE Magazine

the Candidates

Central Region (AL AR IL IA IN KS KY LA MI MN MO MS ND NE OH OK SD TN TX WI + Caribbean) ELECTION UNDER INVESTIGATION

  • CAPT USN (ret) Robert Jones '64
  • LCOL USMCR (Ret.) Alex Plechash '75
  • Write-in candidate Braxton Sisco ’95 (per §4.6(a) of USNA AA Bylaws)

    Eastern Region (CT DE FL GA MA ME NC NH NJ NY PA RI SC VT WV)

  • CAPT CEC USN (Ret.) Neil Block '61
  • Jeff Webb '95 <-- ELECTED!

    If you reside in the Central or Eastern Region, you will receive a ballot via mail for the 2011 Board of Trustees election in late February. Ballots will be sent to regular USNA Alumni Association members as of 31 December 2010 byVR Election Services with complete voting instructions for mail, phone and internet options. USNA OUT thanks all USNA Alumni Association members in advance for participating in the process in support of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.

    The election closes 14 April 2011 by 1700 Central Time.

    USNA Out members when logged into the website can see USNA Out's analysis of the election in the right sidebar when viewing this page. None of the current candidates are members of USNA Out.

    Candidate Responses

    [status as of 072359Z MAR 11]

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    2/16/2011 – CNO at the Marine's Club – San Francisco

    Many USNA Out members in the San Francisco Bay Area will be attending the George P. Shultz Lecture Series with Admiral Gary Roughead at the Marines' Memorial Association at 5:30 pm on Wednesday 16 February 2011. Admiral Roughead is the 29th Chief of Naval Operations. He was in the 28th Company while a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, graduating with the Class of ‘73. Copy Berg ’74 and Steve Clark Hall ’75 were also in the 28th Company at the same time.

    Event Details and online registration.

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    John “Rip” Fliszar, USNA ’71 {1949 – 2010}

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    John "Rip" Fliszar USNA ’71 (L)
    with husband Mark Ketterson

    Many of us noted the obituary for John "Rip" Fliszar USNA ’71 in the November Shipmate Magazine written by his husband, Mark Ketterson. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting John, we placed his name on our in memoriam page here at USNA Out dot org. As we were simultaneously attempting to reach out to Mark, he contacted to us after he stumbled across our website. His poignant note to us is quoted:

    I stumbled upon USNA OUT quite by accident and saw Rip (John) listed. I had no idea this site existed; nor did he, and I am sick over that as it would have meant the world to him. I have indeed read through it, and it’s amazing.

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