On Tuesday, September 20, the 17-year-old policy that has required gay
service men and women to hide their sexual orientation, known as “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” will officially end. Craig Stowell, a former NH Marine who
spoke out in favor of marriage equality to the NH Legislature to support the
rights of his gay brother, will attend the event.

He will join special guest Kayla Calkin, the regional field director for
Obama for America who will represent the President at this momentous

The law was signed by President Bill Clinton on December 21, 1993 under the
full title, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue and was intended as a
compromise policy to allow gay and lesbian service-members to remain in the
military. The impetus for the policy was the death of Allen R. Schindler,
Jr, a Navy Radioman Petty Officer Third Class who was brutally murdered by a
fellow shipmate Japan on October 27, 1992 for being gay.

Repeal Day celebrations will be held around the country. The Monadnock Live
Free and Equal Coalition host the event at the Keene Public Library
Auditorium on by showing the film, Serving in Silence: The Margarethe
Cammermeyer Story (1995) starring Glenn Close. Cammermeyer was a Colonel in
the National Guard who was discharged for disclosing that she was a lesbian,
and went on to win a court case in 1994 that resulted in her reinstatement.

The celebration will begin at 6 with refreshments and the film will be shown
at 7p.
For more information, contact Susan MacNeil at 603-357-6855, visit Monadnock
Live Free and Equal Facebook page or email

Susan MacNeil, Executive Director
AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region -
The Cleve Jones Wellness House -
Live Free and Equal
POB 396, 16 High Street
Gilsum, NH 03448
ph: (603) 357-6855
fax: (603) 358-5091

Supported in part by the City of Keene and Monadnock United Way.

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