28 April 2010

Repeal DADT!

Today the Human Rights Campaign visited campus and, with the help of the Queer Student Union, set up a demonstration supporting the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. It was a lot of fun, and very rewarding. Hundreds of people signed, and I was even able to convince a few people people wary of repeal (which made me very happy :) )!

For the repeal rally we set up 800 flags to represent the 800 specialists dismissed due to Don't Ask Don't Tell. Overall, over 13,500 people have been dismissed, but that was deemed a few too many flags to put up on the Memorial Mall! And now I get to stop before I go onto my now well rehearsed speech about why we must repeal DADT.

It was a lot of fun. A press conference was held at one, and members of the local media were present. So far I have seen one media story, by WLFI (the local news station). I am in the background in several of the shots for the video. The other group at the end of the clip stopped by after their event, and we got TONS of signatures from them. (I really want to thank FACT. You are amazing! Keep up the good work!).

If you want to help repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, please visit the Take Action on HRC's DADT Repeal site.

EDIT: The story made it into both the Journal and Courier (Lafayette's Newspaper) and the Exponent (Purdue's Newspaper). The J&C has an article (which I am quoted in) and a photo gallery. The Exponent just had an article.

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