Knights Out is excited to announce confirmed special guests for the 2015 Gala.
Sean Patrick Maloney (D, NY-18) serves in the United States House of Representatives (New York District 18), to which he was first elected in 2012. He serves on the US House Committee on Agriculture and US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. His distinguished career in public service includes being a senior advisor to President Clinton and, later, to two governors of the state of New York. He is co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, and was awarded the 2014 Courage Award by Knights Out. He and his husband Randy Florke have three children, and live in Cold Spring, NY.
Allyson Robinson is a nationally recognized leader in the LGBT community. Currently serving as the Policy Director for SPART*A, she is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Class of 1994. As principal of her own boutique consulting firm, Warrior Poet Strategies, she advises select clients in organizational design, change strategy, diversity management, and social and civic entrepreneurship. Previously, she helped lead internal and external diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign. Robinson became the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT civil rights organization as executive director of OutServe-SLDN. In October 2013, she was named DC's Best Transgender Advocate by the Washington Blade. After receiving her commission as an officer in the U.S. Army, she commanded PATRIOT missile units in Europe and the Middle East. She also worked as a senior trainer and evaluator for NATO and as an advisor to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Robinson lives with her wife Danyelle and their four children in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Aaron Belkin is
founding director of the Palm Center, which the Advocate named as one of the most effective gay rights organizations in the nation.
He designed and implemented much of the public education campaign that eroded popular support for military anti-gay discrimination. Under his leadership, the Palm Center was recognized for providing much of the analytical support and social science research to efforts to repeal DADT. Harvard Law Professor Janet Halley said of Belkin that, "Probably no single person deserves more credit for the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’"Belkin currently serves as professor of political science at San Francisco State University, where he teaches a lecture course to 700 undergraduates on delusion and paranoia in American politics.
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