First Fleet Week Since DADT Repeal Begins
May 24, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
The first Fleet Week since the repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gay and lesbian servicemembers kicked off yesterday, marking the first time in the celebration’s 25-year history gay and lesbian servicemembers could openly attend.
Fleet Week is a military tradition in which active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in a variety of major cities, including New York City, San Francisco and San Diego, for seven days. The tradition is often commemorated with military demonstrations. This year’s Fleet Week will also mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
It is a time to honor and support these brave men and women for their services with public events. Now that DADT is officially in the dustbin of history, these servicemembers can celebrate openly and without fear of losing their jobs.
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