Sold Out - 2014 dinner! You can still sponsor a cadet!

The 2014 Knights Out Gala Dinner is SOLD OUT.  

Additionally, we have approximately 50 cadets attendingfar more than in previous years (and in excess of number of slots sponsored so far). Whether or not you can attend, you can ensure that these cadets' attendance is funded. Please consider sponsoring cadets attendance.

Attire

  • Civilian: Business or Cocktail attire
  • Cadets: White over Gray
  • Other Active Duty Military: Army Service Uniform or service equivalent.

See pictures from last year's event.

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See the Full Study: Palm Center Commission Undermines Credibility of Transgender Service Ban

Screen_Shot_2014-03-13_at_3.32.32_PM.pngThe Palm Center today issued a study that concluded "there is no compelling medical reason for the ban" on transgender service in the American military, and urged the President to change the administrative rule by executive order.  Repealing the medical ban would lift medical rules affecting an estimated 15,000 currently serving personnel.  The impacts of the medical ban resemble the adverse effects Don't Ask, Don't Tell had on gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers, with the additional burden of preventing transgender personnel from getting helpful treatment.

For more information, see the full study, the Palm Center's press release, or Lisa Leff's Associated Press coverage of it.

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Knights Out Announces Kristin Beck as Gala Dinner Speaker

Knights Out is excited to announce Kristin Beck, a former senior chief petty officer in the Navy SEALS, as one of our featured speakers at Third Annual Knights Out Gala Dinner at West Point on March 29th. Kristin spent 20 years serving as a Navy SEAL and participated in over a dozen deployments. An impressive accomplishment in its own right, Kristin nevertheless went on Anderson Cooper 360 in June 2013 to state she was also transgender. She has since co-authored Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender with Anne Speckhard, PhD. We are honored that cadets, alumni, and friends of the Academy will be able to hear her compelling story at our annual gala dinner.  

Read more about Kristin, see her bio after the jump, or get tickets.

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Knights Out Announces Rep Sean Patrick Maloney as Gala Dinner Speaker

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Knights Out is excited to announce Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, representing New York's 18th District, as one of our featured speakers at Third Annual Knights Out Gala Dinner at West Point on March 29th. Rep. Maloney was the first openly gay official elected to represent the New York in Washington, DC.  We are honored that cadets, alumni, and friends of the Academy will be able to hear from him at our annual gala dinner.  

Read more about Rep Maloney, see his bio after the jump, or get tickets.

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Knights Out Announces Special Guest Wade Davis for Third Annual Gala Dinner

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Knights Out is proud to announce the first of many speakers and special guests for our Third Annual Gala Dinner on March 29th at West Point, New York. Fourteen years ago, Wade Davis was a closeted rookie vying for a spot in the NFL. Today, he is a leader working to make a difference for youth both on the field and off. Read OutSports' article about Wade, or see his full bio after the jump.

Meet Wade and many other LGBT leaders: get your tickets now to the Third Annual Gala Dinner on March 29th.

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Knights Out to Co-Host Events with Yale GALA and Other Ivy League Schools

Attention current students and alumni of Ivy League Schools and federal military academies:

Knights out is proud to collaborate with Yale GALA and All-Ivy LGBTQ alumni groups to co-host various events for current students and alumni of our respective schools.  Cadets, midshipmen and alumni of West Point, Navy (USNAOut), Air Force (Blue Alliance), Coast Guard, and the US Merchant Marine Academy are all invited to attend.  

Please see our Events page for social gatherings in the New York City area, with more to come.

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Get Your Tickets Now for the 2014 Knights Out Dinner, March 29th!

Knights Out's long awaited 2014 Gala Dinner tickets are now available for purchase.  Join cadets, faculty, alumni and friends of the Academy for a social evening overlooking the Hudson, where we will hear from special guests including those that have served highest levels of the Pentagon to enlisted service members that have made a difference in every corner of the Armed Forces.

Get Your Tickets Here! 

Many options for participation exist, including attending a special Academy Tour at 2pm on Saturday, the Gala Dinner at 6pm on Saturday followed by a post-Gala gathering at the Hotel Thayer, and/or the Thayer Sunday Brunch at 10:30am March 30th at the Hotel Thayer.

For those staying overnight March 29th:  If you are interested in staying at the Hotel Thayer, a block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate ($159 plus tax).  To reserve, simply call (800) 247-5047 and request the "Knights Out Rate."

We look forward to seeing everyone at beautiful West Point, New York, as we mark another year of progress!  Please join us and celebrate what a year it has been, and meet another generation of leaders of character who will lead our ever-changing Army in the years to come.

See pictures from last year's event.

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Announcing Same Sex Couples Open Enrollment Widow for DoD Survivor Benefit Plan

DFAS has announced an Open Enrollment Widow for the DoD Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) for same sex couples.

Military Retirees who were married to a same-sex spouse on or before June 26, 2013, may now have spouse coverage in the SBP.  Depending on the retiree’s circumstances, enrollment for their spouse may be automatic or the retiree may need to elect spouse coverage.  Either way, retirees MUST ACT by June 25, 2014 to participate in the SBP Open Enrollment Window.

The DFAS announcement encourages Military Retirees with same-sex spouses to visit http://go.usa.gov/Ww6x as soon as possible for more information to learn what steps are to be taken by June 25, 2014 to secure or decline the SBP benefit for their spouse.  (NOTE:  The above link takes you to the DFAS website that discusses the general topic of SBP and making the election. (See: http://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/provide/sbp.html)  There are other links to websites with information about who is eligible, costs, and the procedures.)

Although it is not discussed in the DFAS announcement, same-sex “former spouses” would also be eligible for court awarded Former Spouse SBP coverage in the event of a divorce or dissolution of a same-sex marriage. 

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