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America Celebrates Repeal!

For immediate release:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Contact:
Zeke Stokes: (803) 479-0439 (cell) / (202) 621-5406 (office) or zeke@sldn.org
Paul DeMiglio: (202) 621-5408 (office) or paul@sldn.org

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.
http://www.sldn.org/DCEvent
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 ThinkProgress.org

New York City
September 20, 2011: 7 until 9 p.m.
http://www.sldn.org/NewYorkEvent
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

Philadelphia
September 20, 2011: 5 until 7 p.m.
http://www.sldn.org/PhillyEvent
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

Chicago
September 20, 2011: 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
http://www.sldn.org/ChicagoRepealEvent
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.
http://www.sldn.org/CharlestonEvent
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.
http://www.sldn.org/LARepealEvent
The Abbey Food + Bar, 692 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Special Guest:
David Cooley, Founder of The Abbey

Additional Events

Anchorage, AK
http://www.sldn.org/AnchorageEvent

Montgomery, AL
http://www.sldn.org/MontgomeryEvent

Little Rock, AR
http://www.sldn.org/LittleRockEvent

Phoenix, AZ
http://www.sldn.org/PhoenixEvent

Claremont, CA
http://www.sldn.org/ClaremontEvent

Palm Springs, CA
http://www.sldn.org/PalmSpringsEvent

Sacramento, CA
http://www.sldn.org/SacramentoEvent

San Diego, CA
http://www.sldn.org/SanDiegoEvent

San Diego, CA
http://www.sldn.org/SanDiegoRepealDay

San Francisco, CA
http://www.sldn.org/SanFranEvent

South San Francisco, CA
http://www.sldn.org/SouthSanFranEvent

Travis AFB, CA
http://www.sldn.org/TravisAFBEvent

West Hollywood, CA
http://www.sldn.org/WestHollywoodEvent

Colorado Springs, CO
http://www.sldn.org/ColoradoSpringsEvent

Denver, CO
http://www.sldn.org/DenverEvent

New Haven, CT
http://www.sldn.org/NewHavenEvent

Washington, DC
http://www.sldn.org/Jrs25th

Rehoboth Beach, DE
http://www.sldn.org/RehobothEvent

Gainesville, FL
http://www.sldn.org/GainesvilleEvent

Orlando, FL
http://www.sldn.org/OrlandoEvent

Saint Petersburg, FL
http://www.sldn.org/StPetersburgEvent

Tallahassee, FL
http://www.sldn.org/TallahasseeEvent

Atlanta, GA
http://www.sldn.org/AtlantaEvent

Kaiserslautern, Germany
http://www.sldn.org/GermanyEvent

Honolulu, HI
http://www.sldn.org/HonoluluEvent

Cedar Rapids, IA
http://www.sldn.org/CedarRapidsEvent

Des Moines, IA
http://www.sldn.org/DesMoinesEvent

Boise, ID
http://www.sldn.org/BoiseEvent

Chicago, IL
http://www.sldn.org/ChicagoEvent

West Lafayette, IN
http://www.sldn.org/LafayetteEvent

Manhattan, KS
http://www.sldn.org/ManhattanEvent

Manhattan, KS
http://www.sldn.org/KansasStateEvent

Lexington, KY
http://www.sldn.org/LexingtonEvent

New Orleans, LA
http://www.sldn.org/NewOrleansEvent

Beverly, MA
http://www.sldn.org/BeverlyEvent

Boston, MA
http://www.sldn.org/BostonEvent

Cambridge, MA
http://www.sldn.org/CambridgeEvent

Baltimore, MD
http://www.sldn.org/BaltimoreEvent

Bethesda, MD
http://www.sldn.org/BethesdaEvent

Gaithersburg, MD
http://www.sldn.org/GaithersburgEvent

Laurel, MD
http://www.sldn.org/LaurelEvent

Orono, ME
http://www.sldn.org/OronoEvent

Ann Arbor, MI
http://www.sldn.org/AnnArborEvent

Ypsilanti, MI
http://www.sldn.org/YpsilantiEvent

Minneapolis, MN
http://www.sldn.org/MinneapolisEvent

Rochester, MN
http://www.sldn.org/RochesterEvent

Saint Paul, MN
http://www.sldn.org/StPaulEvent

Kansas City, MO
http://www.sldn.org/KansasCityEvent

University, MS
http://www.sldn.org/UniversityMSEvent

Helena, MT
http://www.sldn.org/HelenaEvent

Missoula, MT
http://www.sldn.org/MissoulaEvent

Charlotte, NC
http://www.sldn.org/CharlotteEvent

Davidson, NC
http://www.sldn.org/DavidsonEvent

Durham, NC
http://www.sldn.org/DurhamEvent

Raleigh, NC        
http://www.sldn.org/RaleighEvent

Wilmington, NC
http://www.sldn.org/WilmingtonEvent

Fargo, ND
http://www.sldn.org/FargoEvent

Lincoln, NE
http://www.sldn.org/UNLevent

Omaha, NE
http://www.sldn.org/OmahaEvent

Hanover, NH
http://www.sldn.org/HanoverEvent

Keene, NH
http://www.sldn.org/KeeneEvent

Atlantic City, NJ
http://www.sldn.org/AtlanticCityEvent

Montclair, NJ
http://www.sldn.org/MontclairEvent

Princeton, NJ
http://www.sldn.org/PrincetonEvent

Albuquerque, NM
http://www.sldn.org/AlbuquerqueEvent

Las Vegas, NV
http://www.sldn.org/LasVegasEvent

Columbus, OH
http://www.sldn.org/ColumbusEvent

Oklahoma City, OK
http://www.sldn.org/OKCEvent

Tulsa, OK
http://www.sldn.org/TulsaEvent

Portland, OR
http://www.sldn.org/PortlandOREvent

Portland, OR
http://www.sldn.org/PortlandEvent

Harrisburg, PA
http://www.sldn.org/HarrisburgPA

Philadelphia, PA
http://www.sldn.org/PhillyCelebrationEvent

Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.sldn.org/PittsburghEvent

University Park, PA
http://www.sldn.org/UniversityParkEvent

Providence, RI
http://www.sldn.org/ProvidenceEvent

Columbia, SC
http://www.sldn.org/ColumbiaSC

Sioux Falls, SD
http://www.sldn.org/SiouxFallsEvent

Knoxville, TN
http://www.sldn.org/KnoxvilleEvent

Austin/ Fort Hood, TX
http://www.sldn.org/AustinFortHoodEvent

Dallas, TX
http://www.sldn.org/DallasEvent

El Paso, TX
http://www.sldn.org/ElPasoEvent

Houston, TX
http://www.sldn.org/HoustonEvent

San Antonio, TX
http://www.sldn.org/SanAntonioEvent

Salt Lake City, UT
http://www.sldn.org/SaltLakeCityEvent

Arlington, VA
http://www.sldn.org/ArlingtonVAEvent

Norfolk, VA
http://www.sldn.org/NorfolkEvent

Waterbury, VT
http://www.sldn.org/WaterburyEvent

McChord AFB, WA
http://www.sldn.org/McChordAFBEvent

Silverdale, WA  
http://www.sldn.org/SilverdaleEvent

Milwaukee, WI
http://www.sldn.org/MilwaukeeEvent

Charleston, WV
http://www.sldn.org/CharlestonWVEvent

Fayetteville, WV
http://www.sldn.org/FayettevilleEvent

Laramie, WY
http://www.sldn.org/LaramieEvent

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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!!!

Hanford Searl Jr. in Bflo./Niagara on September 19, 2011 at 11.29 pm

... Finally, HERSTORY/HISTORY for ALL-our-WONDERFUL LGBTQ service PEOPLE!!! Hooray!!!