Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Yee names DADT foe Woman of the Year

Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has selected retired Navy Commander Zoe Dunning as his district’s 2011 Woman of the Year, he announced today (Thursday, April 21).

Dunning (pictured at left), an out lesbian, helped repeal the US military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly.

“I am proud to honor Zoe Dunning for a lifetime of public service, contributions to our community and for her passion in fighting for civil rights, especially LGBT equality,” Yee, who represents District 8, stated. “It is truly my honor to recognize her many achievements and celebrate her efforts in ending DADT.”

In January 1993, while a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve, Dunning publicly came out at a rally outside the gates of California’s Moffett Field. She eventually won a two and half year legal battle to remain in the Navy reserve. The Navy promoted Dunning twice and awarded her the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal since her coming out. She retired from the military in 2007.

When President Barack Obama signed the DADT repeal bill in December 2010, Dunning was chosen to stand by his side.

She’s now a principal at Quintus Associates, LLC, where she leads major change initiatives, and she co-chairs the national Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Board, among other activities. Dunning didn’t immediately respond to an interview request.

She will be officially recognized at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25 at Noble, 600 Polk Street, San Francisco.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 21, 2011 @ 12:51 pm PST
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