I used to be a member of this fleet. I joined because I liked the inclusiveness and community and I met some pretty cool people whom I consider friends. Sadly I ended up leaving when this fleet leader refused to take action on illegal conduct that was taking place. I couldn't allow myself to be remotely associated with it any longer and left for one of the many other LGBT fleets in game.
The message in the blog is good, unfortunately for me it's tarnished by my experiences with the messenger. IMO this is one fleet leader that should not be featured.
I am really glad that you have taken the time to not only pass along information on this outstanding event ,but educate people on how Star Trek has ALWAYS lead the way in breaking stereo-types & taboo's. I am the Fleet Executive Admiral for the Spartan Vanguard, Eleventh Fleet, & we encourage diversity. Like you, we have many different types of people gay or lesbian, black or white, Muslim Christian or Jewish, democrat & republican. We love to take time & have extensive conversations not to argue, but to educate. Star Trek has always hit on real life issues that affect the world even today. I forced my wife to watch the entire 7th season of Deep Space 9 with me, & she saw many parallels to the War with the Dominion to the War on terror, PTSD (Which I am diagnosed with as a veteran), Seeking help with these issues, & political gain! You have put in writing what everyone else has always thought, & I am glad somebody did it. I would like to take part in your event. Please add me to your FB my name is Allen Esposito. EVERYONE in star Trek was an outstanding role model whether you agree with how they live or not. They boldly went where no one ever went before. Thank you for carrying on wit that tradition Nicholas.
Awe, Brian... I think the real tarnish on this message is using it as a springboard to air grievances about fleet politics.
I'm excited to share in the upcoming pride festivities with members of the community at large I hope to see many gamers from outside of the Stonewall community join in on some of the fun events that are planned, as a celebration of the diversity on which both Starfleet and the KDF thrive in the STO universe, especially with the recent addition of our Romulan friends!
I'm not one for judging but in my opinion, you should keep this type of stuff to yourself ingame. It sparks a whole bunch of needless debates. While I do respect their choices, you will NOT see me at this event.