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At Indy Pride, Celebrating Progress Toward Full DADT Repeal

This weekend, I was back in Indianapolis for Indy Pride events. After working in the state for over six months on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” this was a perfect opportunity to celebrate the historic Senate Armed Services Committee vote -- where Indiana’s junior senator, Evan Bayh, voted to repeal the discriminatory law -- and to continue the work needed to fully repeal DADT and pass an inclusive ENDA. This year, HRC joined with the veterans from across the state in the parade. Volunteers marched in front of the float with flags representing the state and other military organizations. We also had a large HRC flag behind the float. Our float was AMAZING. We got cheers from everyone up and down the parade route. I got to drive the parade float down Massachusetts Avenue in Indy’s historic arts district with tons of people screaming my name like I was a local celebrity. The parade ended at the American Legion Mall and the festivities continued with a festival with over 55,000 people in attendance. This was my first Pride event of the season and I am glad it started with this one. It was really awesome to get to see the community get together after spending so much time in the state working on ENDA and DADT repeal. Our work is definitely not over. I am leaving the state in the hands of dedicated volunteers, veterans and allies to continue the work to fully repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” I have made so many friends in the Hoosier state and this weekend will definitely not be my last trip to the Midwest.

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