Thursday, November 15, 2007

Discharged homosexual soldiers to be honored

From Pink News:

"Several leading LGBT organizations in the United States are to join forces later this month to honor the 12,000 servicemen and women discharged as a result of the ban on openly gay, bisexual or lesbian people in the country's Armed Forces.
The current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy has been in place since 1994.
Commanders may not ask personnel their sexual orientation, but LGB people who are open about their sexuality may not serve openly.
The Human Rights Campaign has joined with the Servicemembers United, Log Cabin Republicans, Servicemembers Legal Defence Network and Liberty Education Forum, to host a three-day tribute, beginning on Friday, November 30th, the 14th Anniversary of DADT being signed into law,
12,000 flags will be placed on the National Mall in Washington DC, one for every discharged service member.
In addition to recognizing the servicemembers discharged under DADT the event is planned to serve as a reminder of the hundreds of thousands unrecognized gay and lesbian Americans who have fought for the US in previous conflicts."

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