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MLoyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, andPersonal Courage define members of our Armed Services,traits we should all strive to posses. Many people have them,displaying part of, or all in their daily life, striving to live them. How many of us live these traits daily? As a whole, as partof our personal ethics? Now add the factor of being honest about who you are, whoyou love and what you need to feel complete as a person, andnot just a service member. That is the situation that currently faces the LGBT membersof the United States Armed Services. How can they serve their country, follow a dream of patriot-ism and service to their fellow man, and still tell the wholetruth, being honest about something deeply personal, andshare who it is they love? LGBT people have come a long way in the US. We havebegun to gain equal rights on a state by state basis. However,that has not been the case on the national level. With "Don'tAsk, Don't Tell" still the law of the land, there is still more todo. 2010 saw the passage of the first stand alone bill impactingLGBT Americans in history. Even after President Obamasigned the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law onDecember 22, 2010, hundreds and thousands of active duty,reserve, and National Guard service members are still waitingfor the military and the Defense Department to certify that theServices are ready to implement repeal. When this happensand the statutorily mandated 60 day waiting period passes,DADT will be history and finally all patriotic Americans will beable to be honest, open and serve their country with honorand dignity. On a cautionary note, while the President has signed therepeal of DADT, it will not go into effect until he receives cer-tification from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff andSecretary of Defense and 60 days passes after he certifies thatthe military is ready to implement this change in personnelpolicy. Opponents of repeal, including a number of leadingRepublican Presidential candidates and conservative,Teapublican members or the House Armed Service Committeehave vowed to repeal, the repeal of the DADT law. We mustbe ever vigilant. This is not a done deal.Although as a leader in so many ways, the Unites States isthe last remaining superpower, and a leader of the free world,we are far behind many of our allies on this issue. There are24 countires that have, for many years and even decades,allowed serivce members to be open about who they are, andstill serve honorably.These nations, include some of our clos-est allies serving with us in Iraq and Afghanistan, the British,Canadians and Australians. Their transition to open and hon-est service has been discribed as a "non-event." So it will bewhen the United States finally does away with this vestage ofdiscrimination against its own patriots.It is with deep respect for all that they have done, and willcontinue to do for our country and community, thatChristopher Street West selects the many active duty, reserveand National Guard service members who still serve insilence, as well as those veterans who suffered under the ear-lier ban and DADT, as Community Grand Marshal of thisyear's PRIDE Parade. Because those currently serving stillcannot come out, you will see that in the military tradition ofthe riderless horse, the Grand Marshal vehicle will be empty. Writer Tom Carpenter is a former Marine Captain, andcurrent board member of the Servicemembers LegalDefense Network and Forum on the Military Chaplaincy.COMMUNITY GRAND MARSHALLGBT Servicemembers: The Riderless HorseBY TOM CARPENTERUse of this image is provided with great appreciation from the artist, Jeff Sheng, and Kaycee Olsen of Kaycee Olsen Gallery.33

Sergeant James "Jimmy" Farrell, of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, serves as theCommunity Relations / Special Event Sergeant for the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station. 18 ofhis 23 years with the LASD have been spent in West Hollywood. A multiple award winner for his numerous contributions to public safety, Sergeant Farrellcurrently manages all the high-profile special events here, including LA PRIDE, while alsosupervising the COPPS Team (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving) and bicyclepatrol. He is a leader in law enforcement and a key ally for the LGBT community. "As a leader in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, I commit myself to honorablyperforming my duties with respect for the dignity of all persons, integrity to do right and fightwrongs, wisdom to apply common sense and fairness in all I do and courage to stand againstracism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms," said Sergeant Farrell. "Jimmy does not see himself as the straight guy doing this-he is a plain old fashionedgood guy who operates from his head and his heart," said Lynda Castro, retired LASDCommander.Christopher Street West, and the greater LGBT community, has benefittedimmensely from having an ally in Sgt. Farrell. He is thoughtful, respectful andunderstands the unique challenges we sometimes face and has helped fostergreater understanding and acceptance among the law enforcement community. Christopher Street West recognizes Sergeant James Farrell for his outstand-ing community service to all and proudly awards him the CSW SpecialCommunity Award.CSW SPECIAL COMMUNITY AWARDJames FarrellThe CSW Special Community Award acknowledges outstanding persons, organizations, businesses, etc., that are identified as deserving of special recognition for exceptional reasons.BERMAN/SCHAFFER AWARDValerie SpencerThe Berman/Schaffer Award recognizes an individual or organization within the LGBT community that has made a noticeable and positiveimpression on the community, inspires self-esteem and builds strategic partnerships."Valerie Spencer is a special, gifted and courageous individual. She is true to her convictions and knows her purpose,"said Karina Samala, CSW board member. Valerie Spencer is a transgender advocate and educator. A native of Southern California, she works in the arena ofsocial services-specifically representing HIV prevention and service delivery as it relates to the transgender communi-ty. Spencer has worked with a diverse array of organizations and agencies-including health departments and universi-ties and developed Los Angeles County's first curriculum addressing transgenderism from the perspective of people ofcolor. In addition, she has presented to community groups and at conferences around the country. Valerie Spencer describes herself as "being a woman from birth but discovering that just a bit later." Her personaldirective is simple-to make the complex comprehensive. "Trans-issues are very diverse,often moving into areas more commonly ignored by mainstream society: sexism, gender pho-bia, poverty and marginalization as a whole," Spencer said. Valerie Spencer co-developed and co-facilitated the Transgender Leadership Academy, acollaborative effort between the Los Angeles Transgender Youth Consortium and the FTMAlliance. "This was a ground-breaking effort to build our leaders. In the past, transgenderleadership came into being by way of osmosis. This was a chance to take all of the informa-tion that we as leaders have gained, share it in a constructive manner and shape our maver-icks of the future," she said Spencer has an artistic side as well. She co-starred in the 2004 V-Day production of "TheVagina Monologues," featuring an all trans-woman cast. In addition, Spencer was featuredin the documentary, "Beautiful Daughters," which aired on Logo and Showtime television. "We are a special, gifted and courageous people who have been caught by the diversionsof labeling, self-hate and misunderstanding. But there is hope and this hope will move us tothe greatness of who we really are," Spencer said. Valerie Spencer has made forward-development and comprehensive dialogue her move-ment. For all that she has done for the transgender community, the LGBT community andthe community at large that Christopher Street West is proud to honor her with the the Berman / Schaffer Award.34