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  1. 1. LGBT personnel in armed forces: Advancing inclusiveness, diversity The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies cordially invites you to attend the upcoming Hemispheric Forum on “LGBT Personnel in the Armed Forces: Advancing a position of inclusivity and embracing diversity,” Wednesday, June 22 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The forum will be held in Lincoln Hall Auditorium, Room 1300, National Defense University, on the Fort McNair portion of the joint base. To attend in person, please register online at To view the event online, please visit The event is open to the public. For more information, email Five years after the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't tell,” only four countries in the Western Hemisphere—Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Cuba— join the United States in establishing military institutions that treat all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and veterans with the dignity and respect they deserve. At this forum, an international panel of officials responsible for the adoption and implementation of inclusion policies, including policymakers and senior military leaders from the LGBT community, will discuss questions including: -- What are the obstacles that hinder inclusion policymaking, and how can reformers and leaders overcome them? -- Which lessons have been learned and how can political, military and civil service leaders use them to further promote inclusion? -- What policies must the armed forces implement in order to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion? -- What are the effects on morale and readiness by openly incorporating LGBT service members in the armed forces? -- How have peers, superiors and subordinates of LGBT personnel reacted to the new policies? Panelists include retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Kristin Beck, formally Christopher Beck. Once a member of the elite Navy SEALs, specifically SEAL Team Six, Beck authored a memoir titled Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender.” Another panelist is Dr. Alan Okros, OMM, CD, Professor, Canadian Forces College. He has 45 years of experience in defense and over 30 years’ experience working on issues of LBGT inclusion in the Canadian Armed Forces. He led a multi-disciplinary team that produced the publication Duty with Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada and Leadership in the Canadian Forces,” the report that provided much of the foundation for an inclusive Canadian Armed Forces. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Patricia “Trish” Rose, Mobilization Assistant to the Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection. Promoted to Major General in May 2016, she is the U.S. Armed Forces highest ranking openly gay officer. Col. Rodrigo Martins Prates, Brazilian Army, Advisor to Brazil’s Minister of Defense on Sectoral Policies: Human Rights, Indigenous and Gender, at the Office of the Ministry of Defense. He holds a Ph.D. in applications, planning and military studies. Prates also serves as a ministry of defense representative to Brazil’s Women Policies National Committee (2014- 2016) and was the coordinator of Ministry of Defense Gender Commission (2014-2015).
  2. 2. U. S. Army Brig. Gen. Randy Taylor, director of architecture, operations, networks and space at the U. S. Army Office of the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6. In June 2015, He hosted the Pentagon’s Pride event recognizing the DoD’s LGBT community. Taylor has been in a relationship with his husband for 19 years, well before the repeal of the DADT policy. The moderator is Amanda R. Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, responsible for developing the Department of Defense’s strategy for utilizing energy in support of military operational forces worldwide. Previously, upon taking office as senior technical advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security in 2010, Simpson was the first openly transgender woman political appointee in any presidential administration. She is currently the highest ranking openly transgender official in the Obama administration. To attend in person, please register online at To view the event online, please visit The event is open to the public. For more information, email