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DADT Repeal Movement Adds One More in FL

Repeal-DADT-Now-banner_600 The following post comes from Jeffrey Kellog who is working with HRC Field Organizer David Contreras Turley in Florida: Miami DADT 2Walking through Florida International University's Graham Center last Wednesday, April 7, I never would have thought that I would be joining a movement to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). I had seen a flyer advertising this event that would focus on the issue of DADT; coming from a military family I thought it would be intriguing. So I swung into the auditorium to scope the event out with a bit of anxiety because it was my first “gay rights” focused event. Two friends of mine came along in with the idea of staying informed on current issues. None of us knew what to expect. To start the event was the PBS documentary “Ask Not” focusing on DADT; it was an extremely moving documentary and presented the issues surrounding why people fear gays and lesbians in the military and the current application of DADT in the military. Miami DADT 01The panel discussion following the documentary featured Walker Burttschell, who explained his story of being discharged after he was “outed” in an appalling manner. His story was extremely impactful and began fueling a fire within me to support the cause for the repeal of this dated law. One of my friends later in discussion stated “I find the whole situation rather odd- like out of a 50s war novel....I mean I thought it was 2010!” This is so true and the reason that motivated me to apply for an HRC field fellow to repeal DADT. I am so pleased to be on board. Our mission is clear - gain Senator Bill Nelson’s support of the repeal of DADT. We won’t stop until we do.

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