Two Veteran’s Day “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Events in NYC

Proud to Serve from Jo Ann Santangelo on Vimeo.

Today is Veteran’s Day, when we celebrate those who serve our country and who risk their lives to do it. Fittingly, there are several Veteran’s Day events happening today in New York tonight to commemorate the service of LGBT Americans and to discuss the current state of the policy that makes it legal to fire them for being LGBT.

The first is a showing of photographs by Jo Ann Santangelo, who recently returned from a national road trip during which she photographed and interviewed LGBT servicemen and women. Some of them have been discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and others have avoided being fired for their sexual identity. In “Proud to Serve,” Santangelo talks to these brave men and women about how DADT has affected their lives in the military and out.

“Proud to Serve” exhibit opening and book release: November 11, at 5:30 at New York City’s The LGBT Center, Manhattan. This event is free.

The Center is also hosting a panel discussion called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Where are We, and How Did We Get Here?” Panelists include Richard Socarides, former Clinton administration LGBT policy adviser, Knights Out and OutServe communications director Brenda S. Fulton, Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart, Center for American Progress Senior VP Winnie Stachelberg and Unfriendly Fire author Nathaniel Frank. The event is free but you need to register.

Happy Veteran’s Day, everyone. If there are any servicemen or women among our readership, thank you, for everything you do.

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One Comment

  1. Posted November 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Even though I’ve been reading this site for some time, this is the first time I’ve ever commented. I wanted to comment because I’m active duty military, and I felt that this post was very relevant to my life.

    First off, thank you so much for your support. Secondly, I wanted to add something on top of the video you posted: since I’ve joined the military, I have met just as many gay and lesbian people as I did when I was attending my all-girls, extremely liberal college. And none of them have ever let their sexuality get in the way of doing their job. Furthermore, most people I serve with couldn’t care less.

    I know that I’m preaching to the choir on this matter, but I wanted to put it down in writing. I really appreciate you putting this video up, because since I am active duty, I can’t protest. I can’t really speak out on the matter, even though I know more about how the military ACTUALLY views things than some of these politicians trying to keep DADT in for “the good of the troops.” The military members can’t speak for themselves if they want to keep their jobs. We need civilians to do it for us, so thank you for keeping the fire burning.

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