AMPA Gala 2015

Join hundreds of our nation’s LGBT service members, spouses, veterans, and allies for the biggest event of the year celebrating and honoring our modern military families.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015
6:30pm - Reception
7:30pm - Program & Dinner
10:00pm – After Party


Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., USA, 20001


Speakers and Honorees: 

Brett JonesBrett Jones, the nation’s first openly gay U.S. Navy SEAL – Featured Speaker

Born into a military family, Brett Jones spent his early life traveling around the world, living in the shadows of the Iron Curtain, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and the Pyramids of Egypt. He defied great odds to fulfill his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, and served for almost a decade in the Navy. He served in two harrowing six-month deployments with SEAL Team 8, later becoming a plank owner of SEAL Team 10.

Brett received numerous awards and commendations during his Navy tenure, but was forced out of the closet, becoming the first openly gay Navy SEAL on active duty. After his honorable discharge in 2003, he continued his fight in the war against terror as a security contractor. Brett currently resides in northern Alabama with his husband, former police sergeant Jason White, and their son.

Kristin BeckKristin Beck, transgender U.S. Navy  SEAL – Honoree

Kristin Beck is known to be the first transgender female Navy SEAL. She was thrust into the international spotlight after sharing her story on CNN with Anderson Cooper in June of 2013. She has become a passionate advocate for equality around the country and continues to appear in numerous major media outlets advocating for fairness and equality.

She distinguished herself with 20 years of exceptionally meritorious service with Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the SEAL teams. She conducted various special operations, including through human intelligence (HUMINT) and direct action missions in her thirteen deployments. Her final tours were with Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU) to head the Special Reconnaissance units and various Task Forces as a HUMINT source handler and technical operations director.


Additional Event Information:

Attire: Formal, Business, or Dress Uniform

Hotel Accommodations: A discounted special room rate of $139 is available at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (while available). Book your hotel room now online* or call (202) 737-1234 and request to book your reservation using the special event rate for the American Military Partner Association. *Please note, gala tickets must be purchased separately.

Parking: Special valet rate of $20.00 per car.
Metro: Nearest metro station is Union Station.

The event is expected to sell out, so purchase your tickets early.

Stay connected with the latest gala news through the official event invite on Facebook.

All ticket sales are final.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

With over 40,000 members and supporters, AMPA is the nation’s largest organization for LGBT military families. The annual gala honors our modern military families and is attended by hundreds of service members, veterans, spouses, and their allies as the biggest event of the year of its kind. Sponsoring the 2015 AMPA National Gala will connect your brand to thousands of military families from across the country and around the world — military families who are committed to supporting those who support our community. Contact Nick Stone at for more information on sponsorship packages. 


AMPA Gala Co-Chairs
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Shannon Simpson |