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Protect and Defend is a secured organization that is dedicated to preserving your identity and involvement. We do not keep copies of identification cards. Our staff is made up of our membership, not paid staff. Our private events are secured and memberships are restricted to the professions we represent. Protect and Defend hosts a web site with resources, information and allows networking for men and women in our professions nationwide. Updated regularly, this forum facilitates an open forum with the general public, our organization and other groups.


Death Benefits

All members in good standing receive a death benefit. In the unfortunate event of a line of duty death, the member's partner or identified beneficiary will receive $500.00 provided by Protect and Defend. This amount cannot make up for the loss of a partner or loved one, but is a way our family can give back to yours. This type of benefit isn’t offered by any other gay/lesbian organization.


Social Events

Our events are carefully planned to ensure everyone has a good time. We host private events such as our Party in the Desert in Palm Springs annually and public events which all members are encouraged to participate in. Joining our group allows you to join "a family” of professionals in the same field; we have special mentoring programs that allow you to meet members prior to any function so you know you’re a part of the team, our team!

Public Events are designed to network within the jurisdiction in which the event is being held. We use it to raise funds, promote our mission, network and to give back to the gay/lesbian community. Events are thrown at various locations throughout the United States.  Should a business, club or business owner wish to host Protect and Defend, our events team would network with them to make the best possible event.

Private Events are events for members, their partners and guests. One such event is our annual Party in the Desert.  These events are professional and if generally have an events team that coordinates hotel accommodations for travelers. ANY member in good standing of Protect and Defend can host a event of their own, simply contact your State Representative, Regional Director, or Board Member and we will post the event on our site and assist you with planning the event.


Legal Counsel

Protect and Defend currently has attorneys that specialize in workers discrimination and copyright law. We are working to bring more attorneys into our legal counsel team. Legal advice is available to members simply by contacting the Membership Coordinator. Members that feel they are in a hostile work environment or being discriminated against should use this worthwhile service. Service members that are members within Protect and Defend are encouraged to contact SLDN for matters involving Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

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