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America Celebrates Repeal!
Discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Law Ends Today

(Washington, D.C.) Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) today welcomes the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) and the beginning of a new era for all patriots, who can now serve free from the threat of being fired on the basis of sexual orientation.

“Today marks the official end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and is an historic milestone along the journey to achieving LGBT equality in America’s military. Thanks to veterans, active duty, leaders, allies and supporters everywhere, this is a monumental day for our service members and our nation. Indeed, we have taken a tremendous leap forward for LGBT equality in the military,” said Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis.

“Our work is far from done, but today we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our patriots as we look forward to a new era of military service – one that honors the contributions of all qualified Americans who have served or who wish to serve,” Sarvis continued.

One hundred events are taking place in all 50 states as repeal supporters celebrate the end of this terrible law. Below is a list of all events, including a link to the online details about each celebration.

Washington D.C.
September 20, 2011: 6 until 10 p.m.
K Street Lounge, 1301 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Suggested Contribution: $20, includes open bar

Special guests:
SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis
Col. Grethe Cammermeyer
Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach
Major Mike Almy
J.D. Smith, co-founder, OutServe and representatives from the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and the White House
Special Guest Blogger: Zack Ford of

New York City
September 20, 2011: 7 until 9 p.m.
Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014

Special Guests:
Speaker Christine C. Quinn (D – District 3 – New York City Council)
Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, West Point ’80, Executive Director of Knights Out
Katherine Miller, OutServe Board of Directors, former West Point Cadet
Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, Producers/Directors, “The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” premiering on HBO, Tuesday, September 20
Mati Weiderpass, SLDN Board of Directors, former US Army Captain
Darren Manzella, SLDN client, former US Army Sergeant

September 20, 2011: 5 until 7 p.m.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 200 S 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Special Guests:
Fmr. Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-PA)
Garth Weldon, Managing Partner, The Prime Rib

September 20, 2011: 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Downtown Lounge Bar, 440 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Special Guest:
Jim Messina, Manager, 2012 Obama Presidential Campaign

Charleston, SC
September 20, 2011: 6 until 9 p.m.
Taco Boy, 217 Huger Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Special Guest:
Commander Thomas C. Clark, USNR (Ret.), Member, SLDN Board of Directors

West Hollywood
September 20, 2011: 6 until 9 p.m.
The Abbey Food + Bar, 692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Special Guest:
David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey

Additional Events

Anchorage, AK

Montgomery, AL

Little Rock, AR

Phoenix, AZ

Claremont, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Sacramento, CA

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

San Francisco, CA

South San Francisco, CA

Travis AFB, CA

West Hollywood, CA

Colorado Springs, CO

Denver, CO

New Haven, CT

Washington, DC

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Gainesville, FL

Orlando, FL

Saint Petersburg, FL

Tallahassee, FL

Atlanta, GA

Kaiserslautern, Germany

Honolulu, HI

Cedar Rapids, IA

Des Moines, IA

Boise, ID

Chicago, IL

West Lafayette, IN

Manhattan, KS

Manhattan, KS

Lexington, KY

New Orleans, LA

Beverly, MA

Boston, MA

Cambridge, MA

Baltimore, MD

Bethesda, MD

Gaithersburg, MD

Laurel, MD

Orono, ME

Ann Arbor, MI

Ypsilanti, MI

Minneapolis, MN

Rochester, MN

Saint Paul, MN

Kansas City, MO

University, MS

Helena, MT

Missoula, MT

Charlotte, NC

Davidson, NC

Durham, NC

Raleigh, NC

Wilmington, NC

Fargo, ND

Lincoln, NE

Omaha, NE

Hanover, NH

Keene, NH

Atlantic City, NJ

Montclair, NJ

Princeton, NJ

Albuquerque, NM

Las Vegas, NV

Columbus, OH

Oklahoma City, OK

Tulsa, OK

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Harrisburg, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

University Park, PA

Providence, RI

Columbia, SC

Sioux Falls, SD

Knoxville, TN

Austin/ Fort Hood, TX

Dallas, TX

El Paso, TX

Houston, TX

San Antonio, TX

Salt Lake City, UT

Arlington, VA

Norfolk, VA

Waterbury, VT

McChord AFB, WA

Silverdale, WA

Milwaukee, WI

Charleston, WV

Fayetteville, WV

Laramie, WY

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Toni Sewall-Mueller in Waldport, OR on September 20, 2011 at 03.03 pm

I am just thrilled to see equality finally win.  Even tho I was not in the military my father was and he hated discrimination in any form.  I, too, have always been for fairness.

Tim Gerhart in Bismarck, ND on September 20, 2011 at 10.11 am

Thanks for all your efforts and your help when I resigned my commission in protest of DADT
Tim Gerhart
Capt. USAR (Ret)

LT B on September 20, 2011 at 10.10 am

Im happy for you all to have the repeal of DADT but I cant help but feel left behind and put out. I am transgendered and I was outed in May of 2010 and due to constant problems with my discharge I am still on active duty. The harassment from my leadership and co-workers is so unbearable that I actually work from home because the office cannot function with everybody spending their working hours harassing me. The last time I was there I carved at myself with a dull thumbtack. Life is miserable and its not going to get better. So go ahead and celebrate your victory but dont act for one second that its a victory for everybody. Even though our warrior ethos directs us to leave no Soldier behind, GBL’s have left us behind.

Laura S. in San Diego, CA on September 20, 2011 at 09.15 am

Thank you, SLDN, for being there for us in the beginning, sticking with us when most of the other LGBT organizations abandoned us, and seeing it through to the end.  Thank you for saving my career and my life.  I will be forever grateful.

Laura S.
U.S. Navy, 1990-1994

Katherine Meloan in Near Denver on September 20, 2011 at 08.59 am

It is indeed a great day, yet it is bittersweet for some of us, for even though we trannies are included in the usual “LGBT” designation, as you all know we have not been included in the lifting of the ban. If we come out, we’ll still be discharged, perhaps even face a court-martial. We are such a tiny group, when compared to your numbers, our LGB Brothers and Sisters. Please don’t forget us. We still need your help in our fight for equality and inclusion.
Katherine Meloan, U.S.Navy, Vietnam, 1965

Bryant in Alexandria, VA on September 19, 2011 at 11.50 pm

Congratulations to all of us; I am a recent retiree and combat veteran of 22 years and never thought I’d see this morning come.  Many paid a tremendous price for this moment and I thank each of them for their sacrifices.

Stephanie Dowling on September 19, 2011 at 11.47 pm

Tomorrow I can get up and go to work and not worry about getting fired!!!!!  It’s a great day!!!

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