Looks like the OutServe-SLDN scandal isn't over, it just took a break while we celebrated the repeal of DOMA and Prop 8.
OutServe-SLDN chapter leaders have locked board co-chair Josh Seefried out of the organization's Facebook page and have posted a defiant statement demanding his resignation over the board's handling of Executive Director Allyson Robinson's forced departure.
The coalition of chapter leaders is demanding that Seefried step down from the leadership of the organization, saying his recent actions have "damaged OS-SLDN's reputation as a leader in the LGBT community and as an advocate for the transgender military community."
The chapter leaders' mutiny comes as no surprise, however, since over a dozen leaders had previously demanded to see items from the board meeting that led to Robinson's ouster - including board minutes, financial statements, and more; claiming they controlled a large chunk of the membership, the coalition threatened to bolt if the org's leadership didn't provide the documents. It is unclear whether or not more chapter leaders have joined the coalition since no names were included with the joint declaration on Facebook.
The board complied with most of their requests, but chapter leaders weren't happy with what one source involved called "obviously massaged data." Multiple sources claim that Seefried's financial projections showed unaccountably low income expectations that were used as part of the reason to demand Robinson's resignation. Inexperienced board members, they say, were convinced that Seefried's predictions were correct as a way to get them to vote his way.
Seefried and the board's recent actions don't seem to reflect the urgency needed to quell the rebellion. The OutServe-SLDN board has reportedly not met since issuing a statement last week days after news leaked that they were attempting to force Robinson's resignation. She later announced on the same day that she would leave at a later date. Seefried also allegedly canceled a scheduled meeting with chapter leaders to discuss his performance and their concerns.
Chapter leaders cite financial concerns and damage done to the organization - especially among the trans* community - as the reason for their actions. They confirm in their letter that many large donors have become skittish about funding the group.
The complete open letter is posted after the break.