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New Photographic Project Shines Light on DOMA Harm

At OutServe-SLDN, we are proud to be in the fight to secure full LGBT equality in our military - and an important piece of the movement to bring full equality to every corner of American life. But as the song from the musical Chicago says, we simply cannot do it alone. 

Whether it's Amanda Lucidon's Legal Stranger Project, Kathleen DeBold's work at Lambda Literary Foundation, or Mike Jacoby's film The Undesirable, the literary, arts, and entertainment communities are an important part of the work we must continue to do collectively to engage and educate the American public on our issues.

I am pleased to share with you a new Kickstarter project, Gay Warriors: Portraits of Same-Sex Military Couples, which includes two of OutServe-SLDN's clients challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court - Major Stephen Snyder-Hill and his husband Joshua.  The artist and photographer, Tatjana Plitt, writes in her description of the project:

"It is the courage of soldiers like Stephen Snyder-Hill, who was booed on national television during a Republican debate when he asked whether the candidates would reinstate Don't Ask Don't Tell, that have inspired me to do this project. The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has given us the opportunity to finally honor the loyal men and women who have bravely served their country for so long, in spite of the discrimination they faced. By documenting same-sex military couples at this historic crossroads, we have the chance to fully acknowledge their humanity, dignity & love for each other and fight the next battle for full marriage equality with them: the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA prevents the military from recognizing same-sex marriage. This means that even if a gay soldier is married, they are not entitled to many of the benefits, support and rights their heterosexual counterparts automatically receive. The irony is that these soldiers are fighting for the very freedoms they themselves cannot enjoy. My art project is part of the fight to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act."

At OutServe-SLDN, we couldn't agree more. 

By Zeke Stokes, OutServe-SLDN Communications Director |