Top Ten Lesbian Newsmakers of 2012
Allyson Robinson, Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN
When OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network announced in October that it would tap decorated Army veteran Allyson Robinson to lead the newly combined organization, the announcement was historic for an number of reasons. Not only is Robinson one of only a select few women to head a national military group, with this appointment, she also becomes the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT organization. OutServe-SLDN advocates and supports LGBT military personnel, and Robinson is adamant that even after the fall of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," there's still much work to be done to ensure that every American who serves their country is treated with the equal respect and dignity they deserve.
"The repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' taught us that to be victorious, we must fight inequality on multiple fronts — in the court, on Capitol Hill, and in the public square," said Robinson, a married lesbian raising four children with her wife in their Maryland home. "It's time to pass the Respect for Marriage Act, revise laws that prevent the military from honoring the service of all our nation's men and women in uniform, and end marriage discrimination for our servicemembers and their families once and for all."