SLDN Statement on 2010 DADT Discharge Numbers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2011
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Statement by Army Veteran and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis regarding 2010 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Discharge Numbers:
“While even one discharge under the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law is too many, the 2010 numbers represent a marked decline from years before. But these numbers underscore the need to accelerate the timeline for training and repeal. The reality is that investigations continue and service members are still in danger of being discharged. We look forward to certification by Secretary Gates, Chairman Mullen, and the President as we move toward full repeal. Until we achieve full equality for all LGBT service members, the job is not done.”
STILL AT RISK: Despite the President signing the bill authorizing repeal of DADT, it is still unsafe for service members to come out until 60 days after certification by President Obama, Secretary Gates, and Admiral Mullen. Warning to service members: www.SLDN.org/StillAtRisk
SLDN FREE HOTLINE: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members with questions are urged to contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: 202-328-3244 x100.
ABOUT SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) was established in 1993 when “Don’t Ask” originally passed. In addition to working on repeal, SLDN offers free, confidential legal services to those impacted by the discriminatory law. Last year the organization received its 10,000th call for assistance to its legal hotline.