CELEBRATE REPEAL DAY SEPTEMBER 20: DON’T ASK DON’T TELL TO OFFICIALLY END
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. 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 will host an event at the Keene Public Library
Auditorium on September 20 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
The celebration will begin at 6 with refreshments and the film will be shown
For more information, contact Susan MacNeil at 603-357-6855, visit Monadnock
Live Free and Equal Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Supported in part by the City of Keene and Monadnock United Way.
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