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A Full Weekend of DADT Organizing in Indiana

This update on the continuing organizing efforts around "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal comes from HRC's Adrian Matanza: (l-r) Jarrod, Bil, Jerame & Adrian Jarrod Chlapowski, HRC's military consultant, and I had a busy weekend organizing to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” in the Hoosier State. We met up with Bilerico's Editor, Bil Browning, and a co-owner of the blog and the treasurer of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats, Jerame Davis. I met the two last year in Indy while I was working on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The two have been tremendously helpful with providing specific information about many of Indiana's legislators and what types of outreach is best in Indy. At Indiana Equality's 'Love is Equal' dinner, Jarrod caught up with Dr. Nasser Hanna, candidate for Indiana's fourth congressional district. Dr. Hanna says he is running for Congress to represent the thousands of Hoosiers that are affected by anti-equality policies. He shared a poignant story about his hero, his sister, who came out to him and how after years of loving her unconditionally, nothing changed between them. Jarrod spoke to him about the Military Readiness Enhancement Act and Dr. Hanna promised that as a Congressman, he would support a full repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” Jarrod & Adrian meeting with veterans After successful outreach at Indy's local hangout, Greg's, we met with three veterans that want to share their stories of living under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” The three veterans, Scott, David, and Nathan are from different parts of the Hoosier State and represent many of the veterans that have been affected by the failed policy. They are the 'Voices of Honor.' Scott served under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and was forced to lie about himself. The provider-patient confidentiality agreement that is void under “DADT” potentially could have put Scott's health in jeopardy. Jarrod and I have met many veterans like Scott and the stories they share will end the ban on serving openly. Jarrod and I will be continue the efforts to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” in Indiana and if you'd like to get involved visit our "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal site to learn more.

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