Viva Las Ve­gas

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The Pen­tagon has not yet said it’s OK for ho­mo­sex­u­alser­vice mem­bers to come out of the closet. But that has not stopped a se­cre­tive mil­i­tary ho­mo­sex­ual group from or­ga­niz­ing chap­ters and plan­ning its first con­ven­tion.

The group OutServe, which claims a mem­ber­ship of more than 3,000 “les­bians, gays, bi­sex­u­als and trans­gen­ders” (LGBT) in 42 chap­ters world­wide and pub­lishes a mag­a­zine, is stag­ing a con­ven­tion in Las Ve­gas in Oc­to­ber.

OutServe said, “Among the many top­ics to be fea­tured: how al­lied mil­i­tary forces have wel­comed LGBT per­son­nel; lat­est re­search on di­ver­sity in­side the mil­i­tary and out; and re­sources for LGBT mil­i­tary part­ners and fam­i­lies.”

OutServe has lined up at least one cor­po­rate spon­sor, Ama­zon, as well as var­i­ous ho­mo­sex­ual rights groups.

The Pen­tagon is in­doc­tri­nat­ing the armed forces on how to ac­cept open ho­mo­sex­u­als in the ranks af­ter Congress voted to end the ban. The ban is sched­uled to be lifted by year’s end. That may mean mil­i­tary ho­mo­sex­u­als go­ing to L as Ve­gas will have to go, and party, anony­mously.

“We be­lieve di­ver­sity is a force mul­ti­plier, and this con­fer­ence will bring to­gether vet­er­ans, ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary, and other ex­perts to help us lever­age LGBT in­clu­sion for the ben­e­fit of mil­i­tary readi­ness,” OutServe said.

Bill Gertz can be reached at in­sid­e­ther ing@wash­ing­ton­

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