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Trans leader leaving OutServe-SLDN on Friday

WASHINGTON -- Friday will be the final day for Allyson Robinson as executive director of OutServe-SLDN.

Robinson said she would leave the scandal-ridden organization on July 12 in a posting on Facebook to chapter leaders, who had called for changes after some members of the national board of directors failed in a coup attempt to oust the transgender leader.

Coup leader Josh Seefried announced his resignation from the national board after chapter leaders demanded accountability.

The failed coup attempt shattered the organization, splintered the board, triggered staff and board resignations, and crimped fundraising efforts. The outrage that followed prompted a rebellion by chapter leaders, and now there will be a national search for new board members who will be charged with saving the organization from further implosion.

Here is Robinson's message to chapter leaders:

Dear colleagues and friends,

I'm writing today to let you know that I'll be stepping down from my role as Executive Director as of this Friday, July 12. I am committed, through our organization's critical period of transition and beyond, to contributing my strengths in any way I can toward the accomplishment [of] our shared mission of full equality for LGBT service members, veterans, and their families.

I have said from the earliest days of my tenure our best future lies in entrusting this organization, its legacy, and its future to our members - to you. I am unequivocally confident that you can build a future for our cause that is worthy of the great sacrifices you have made and of the legacy of winning leadership you've built for the organization and the movement. You are today, and have always been, our future - and that future is bright.

Many of you have also heard me say, again and again, that it is an honor to serve. It has been my highest honor to lead and serve the troops of OutServe-SLDN and their families, and I offer you my deepest, most sincere gratitude for entrusting this honor to me. Your example inspires me, and has inspired a nation, to place service above self for a greater good. I look forward to continuing to serve alongside you in the cause of full equality for LGBT service members, veterans, and their families - and for all those they defend.

Yours in the fight,
Allyson

Robinson did not indicate what her future plans are.