Allyson Robinson

Allyson_Robinson.jpgAllyson Robinson  is an American LGBT rights activist and became the first executive director of OutServe-SLDN, following the merger of OutServe and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in October 2012. She was the first transgender person to ever lead a national LGBT rights organization that does not have an explicit transgender focus.

While still presenting as male Robinson majored in physics at West Point and graduated in 1994, and was then commissioned as an officer. Robinson then held an internship at Los Alamos National Laboratoryand then commanded a Patriot missile unit in Europe and the Middle Eastbefore leaving the U.S. Army in 1999. Following this, the male-presenting Robinson became an ordained Baptist minister, earning a master of divinity degree in theology with an emphasis on social justice from Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2007. After transitioning to present as female in 2007, in 2008 she visited West Point and addressed some cadets. In 2008 she joined the HRC Foundation, where as their first Deputy Director for Employee Programs she oversaw HRC's program to create model curricula for LGBT diversity training in the workplace. She remained there before assuming her role as executive director in 2012.  She has been a member of the board of directors of several advocacy groups, including the International Foundation for Gender Education, the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and Knights Out. Robinson has been married to Danyelle Robinson since 1994. They have four children.

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have contributed significantly in several ways to the advancement of our community. Limited by the number of days on the calendar, showcasing every individual who has made a major impact would be difficult. Yet, across decades and eras, revolutions and wars, and discovery and enlightenment, SPART*A honors past and present LGBT figures in our history this month.

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