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Back in the Silver State to Repeal DADT

This weekend, I attended a reception for Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) hosted by openly gay congressman, Jared Polis (D-CO). The two have many things in common such as, sitting on the House Education and Labor committee, being freshmen representatives, and both supporting pro-LGBT legislation. Rep. Titus in her first cycle has voted in favor of the Matthew Shepard/James Bird Jr. Hate Crimes Bill, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and is a cosponsor of a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Rep. Polis was in town for Netroots Nation and wanted to lend a hand to Rep. Titus who is a big ally and is facing a tough reelection this year. The local Las Vegas steering committee held their monthly event, HRC 101, to inform others in the community about HRC’s mission and purpose. With over 40 people in attendance, each of the co-chairs and subcommittee co-chair’s spoke about how rewarding it is to volunteer with HRC and how much HRC does for the community. Dawn, the co-chair for the Political subcommittee of the local HRC, and I spoke about how to get involved locally and how Senator Ensign has the opportunity to do the right thing and vote in favor of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. He would join Senator Reid and Reps. Berkley and Titus, who voted in favor of DADT repeal in the House earlier this year. Many of the attendees took down Senator Ensign’s office number and promised to make their calls this week. If you want to get involved locally with repealing DADT this year, contact me at

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