CELEBRATING AUTHENTICITY

RECOGNIZING 10 years since the repeal of Don't ASK, Don't TELL

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The upcoming Combined Arms LGBTQ+ Veterans & Allies Military Ball is a unique opportunity for LGBTQ+ veterans, all veterans, and allies to gather, celebrate, and be recognized.  Veterans are at the center of Combined Arms ongoing outreach and support work which is inclusive of all U.S. military veterans, and we are proud to host this event.


This event will honor the history of LGBTQ+ veterans and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell which required service members to be silent about their authentic lives. 


We welcome our community, including allies, advocates, and family members to join in this celebration where LGBTQ+ veterans are recognized for their service.

 

INTRODUCING OUR EMCEE

Charlotte CLYMER

Writer, Transgender ACtivist, United States Army Veteran

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Consider a financial commitment to show your support of the LGBTQ+ Community through this unique event. It’s an opportunity to support both the LGBTQ community and the Military community through one sponsorship.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

COMBINED ARMS LGBTQ CHAMPION AWARD

2022 HONOREES: ERIC ALVA & DANNY INGRAM

This award is given to an individual who has made distinguished contributions to advancing the LGBTQ+ veteran community through advocacy, policy, leadership or programming.

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LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM - HOUSTON, TExas 

APRIL 30th, 2022

6:00 P.M - 10:00 P.M.

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WE INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE

The space we are creating at this event is one-of-a-kind, and we invite you to be a part of making it a reality. Submit your reflections today for our online celebratory video gala montage. 

Watch this video by Lindsay Church, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Minority Vets of America and U.S. Navy Veteran!

HubSpot Video
  • Share ‘Notes to My Former Self’: What would you say to your younger self as a new recruit during boot camp or in your early days of service? What would you say to someone else in your shoes? 

  • Share your journey of service and life after service

  • Share your reflections and appreciation of our LGBTQ+ service members

SUBMIT YOUR  REFLECTIONS

 

AT-a-Glance: LGBTQ+ & THE U.S. ARMED FORCES

  • Over 1 Million LGBTQ+ veterans
  • Over 100,000 LGBTQ+ service members discharged with dishonorable or less-than-honorable discharges due to sexual orientation after WWII and 2011 
  • 75,000 LGBTQ+ current active duty service members 
  • Over 15,000 Transgender persons are actively serving
    • 20% of Transgender persons serve in the military, which is 2X the rate of military service more than the general population
  • 80% of active LGBTQ+ service members reported at least one instance of harassment, compared to 55% of heterosexual, cisgender service members
  • 25% of LGBTQ+ service members claim they have been sexually assaulted compared to only 14%  of their heterosexual or cisgender peers.

 


Coming from out of town?

We have secured a room block at the Hyatt Regency Houston for Friday & Saturday nights for $159 a night 

DRESS CODE

While black tie is encouraged, comfort and self-expression are valued over strict adherence to a dress code. You are welcome to come in drag, something sparkly, or however you wish to express your identity. You are welcome to come directly from work or to dress up as much as you wish. We want you to feel comfortable, and we are confident you’ll find that our guests are warm, friendly, and want you to feel at home just as you are. 

Prizes will be awarded for best dressed.