Knights Out

This weekend I drove (thanks to Matt McDonough) to Alexandria, VA to photograph Anthony “Tony” Woods who is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was discharged from the U.S. Army in 2008 for violating the military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy.
I spent the night in Washington D.C ate brunch and wandered around the Farmer’s Market on Sunday AM and then drove to Montgomery Village, MD to meet The Robinson’s (Allyson and her wife Danyelle, and their 4  children Truman, Jubilee, Deacon and Harry) Allyson Robinson  is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in physics. She received her Master of Divinity degree in theology, with a capstone emphasis in Social Justice, from Baylor UniversityÂs George W. Truett Theological Seminary in 2007. Prior to her transition, she pastored Baptist congregations on two continents for nine years.  Since July 0f 2008 she has served as Associate Director of Diversity at the Human Rights Campaign.  Allyson and Danyelle have been married for 15 years, they met their freshman year at West Point in 1991 -graduating class of 1994.

Anthony, Allyson and Danyelle are all members of a support group of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender gradautes of West Point Military Academy.

Anthony "Tony" Christopher Woods is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, who was discharged from the U.S. Army in 2008 for violating the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. He subsequently ran for U.S. Congress in California's 10th congressional district to fill a vacant seat, in a bid to become the first openly-gay African-American in Congress. He lost that bid, receiving 8% of a special election vote on September 1, 2009. Photo taken in his home in Alexandria, VA

Pictured (L-R) Allyson, Harry (age 5), Truman (age 11), Jubilee (age 8), Deacon (age 6) and Danyelle her wife of 15 years at their home in Montgomery Village, MD


About Jo Ann Santangelo

Austin based freelance multimedia documentary photographer and storyteller.
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