OutServe-SLDN will honor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during its 25th Anniversary Year Kickoff Reception at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 6th St., S.W.) on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Founded in Washington in 1993, OutServe-SLDN offers advocacy and legal services to LGBT servicemembers, veterans and their families. Pelosi will be recognized for passing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for speaking out against anti-LGBT rollbacks in the military including the Trump Administration’s transgender servicemember ban.
“The incalculable contributions of our proud and courageous LGBTQ servicemembers have helped move our nation closer to fulfilling the promise of freedom and equality for all,” Pelosi said in a statement. “It is an immense honor to be recognized by the exceptional leaders at OutServe-SLDN. For years, these fierce, tireless advocates have refused to stay silent in our shared fight to ensure that brave LGBTQ servicemembers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. From expanding hate crimes protections, repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and fighting the Trump Administration’s attacks on the transgender community, together, we have strengthened the right of all people to life, liberty and the freedom to pursue happiness regardless of who they are or whom they love.”
Matt Thorn, president & CEO of OutServe-SLDN, added: “It is a privilege and honor to announce Leader Pelosi as the headline honoree for our 25th-anniversary kickoff event this October. She is a true champion and exceptional ally of the LGBT community. From her work to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as Speaker of the House of Representatives to her vocal and persistent opposition to the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender service members, Leader Pelosi is truly a profile in courage, persistence and effectiveness,” Thorn said in a statement. “OutServe-SLDN could not be more honored to begin the celebration of our 25th Anniversary with a dedicated public servant who has consistently put others before herself. Leader Pelosi is the quintessential definition of an LGBT ally and champion.”
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