The 18th Annual National Dinner – set for March 20 at the National Building Museum – will pay tribute to all LGBT veterans in a night of inspiration and remembrance. We will be highlighting the experiences of many veterans who have been impacted by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and hitting home the message that Congress can and should be repealing the law while the Pentagon looks at how to implement open service.
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) – the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress – will be our keynote. Rep. Murphy has quarterbacked repeal legislation in the House, helping to add more than 30 new cosponsors since becoming lead sponsor of HR 1283 (the Military Readiness Enhancement Act) in July. Actress Michelle Clunie, best known for her starring role as Melanie Marcus in Showtime’s “Queer As Folk,” will also headline the evening’s lineup of speakers.
The National Dinner follows our SLDN Lobby Day the Friday before the National Dinner. We will continue to focus on urging members of Congress — particularly those who sit on the Senate Armed Services Committee — to vote on DADT repeal this year.
If you have not yet purchased tickets for the 18th Annual National Dinner, click here. We look forward to seeing you March 20.
03-15-10 By Paul DeMiglio, Senior Communications Manager |