Allyson Robinson Asked To Resign From Outserve-SLDN
BuzzFeed exclusively reports that Allyson Robinson, the executive director of Outserve-SLDN, an organization that serves and advocates for LGBT service members and vets, has been asked to resign.
OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson was asked by the board to resign Saturday, a decision that led several senior staffers and at least one board member to resign in protest.
The board co-chair, Josh Seefried, has been accused by the board member who resigned in protest, Sue Fulton, of having “rushed this vote through” on Saturday.
Seefried, however, would not comment, saying only, “We can’t talk right now. We have some internal issues to deal with first, then will be updating the community.”
Asked about the decision, Robinson would only tell BuzzFeed, “It would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time.”
It is unclear for how long Robinson will continue to be serving as the executive director. Saturday’s move came at a regularly scheduled board meeting, with no advance notice of the plans to seek Robinson’s resignation and only after the board spent several hours in executive session.
In an email obtained by BuzzFeed, OutServe-SLDN director of external relations Zeke Stokes wrote Saturday night:
"Today, the Board of Directors made decisions that have compromised the trust I had placed in it heretofore. They have chosen a direction that is inconsistent with what I believe is necessary to secure a successful future for the organization. In doing so, they have for the foreseeable future sacrificed the viability of the mission.
For that reason, I can no longer represent OutServe-SLDN to the public or to our members and donors. Thus, effective today, I have resigned as a member of the staff and wish to no longer be affiliated with the organization."
Robinson was the first transgender leader of an LGBT rights organization.
Drama. Let's hope the internal craziness at Outserve-SLDN gets figured out soon so that they can stay focused on the business of helping LGBT service members.