AVER Bataan Chapter
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Throughout history gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. They took an oath to support and defend its Constitution against enemies, foreign or domestic. We believe it is the right of these Americans to express personal aspects of their lives, and in particular, aspects of their sexual orientation or gender identification. Furthermore, they should be allowed to do this in an environment free from harassment or discrimination in order to fulfill their potential to the fullest. Our members have worked as individuals or within cohesive units while serving our country in either war of peace. In doing so, we have accumulated distinguished records of military service that demonstrate our patriotism. We are active duty personnel, reservists, and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. In pursuit of common goals we proudly join together as the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER).
New Mexico State Capital
A Message From Our New Chapter President
Dear fellow AVER Bataan Chapter Members, I want to thank each of you for your trust and support. I will do my best to earn that trust every day. I am stepping into some very big shoes and will do my best, with your help, to fill them. Dorothy, Paula, Ron, and Stephani have worked very hard to build this organization. When they came into office they built on the efforts of those who came before them. As the incoming board, we will do our best to carry on the tradition of building on the success of those who came before us.
All on the incoming board have been assured that the outgoing board members will support and mentor us during the transition and into the future. We look forward to that support and friendship.
Dorothee, my wife, was the one who got me involved in AVER. That is a long story which she tells best. I was drawn to the title “American Veterans for Equal Rights”. As I soon found out that the focus was on LGBt rights. I have a broader view: Equal Rights are Equal Rights. With the repeal of DADT, AVER began its support for marriage equality - not a specific veterans issue - but a rights issue, and it passed.
During our last national convention I was passionate about protecting voters rights and getting out the vote. I was not passionate enough. We have allowed a very conservative government to come into place; one which would roll back LGBt rights and has openly moved forward on the continued ban of transgender service.
I believe we as a group need to push and support the get out to vote. We need to protect voters rights. We need to kick our National Board in the pants to take an active role nation wide to get people out to vote. As a national organization we need to hold our government accountable for repressive voter legislation.
On another note, as a Bataan Chapter family we need to make sure we have fun together. I look forward to listening to each of you and finding ways to continue the friendship and joy that our predecessors infused into our organization.
Bataan Chapter present at New Mexico State Capital
The Bataan Chapter showed its self well at the Round House. This was Military and Veterans
appreciation day and a meet and greet event. Dorothee and Steve shined as they always do. Many of
our allies were there and new allies were made. Thanks to all who made this a good event.