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Indiana DADT Repeal Events from South Bend to Evansville

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This update on our DADT repeal activities in Indiana comes from HRC organizer Nick Veach: south-bend2On Tuesday, we continued the Voices of Honor tour in the Hoosier state. Adrian, our veteran volunteer leaders Scott Spychala, and I, made a three-hour trip up Interstate 31 from Indianapolis to South Bend. This stop on the 26-city “Voices of Honor Tour” found us at IU South Bend. Along with volunteers from the Feminist Student Union and OUT @ IUSB, Adrian, Scott, and I roamed the campus talking to students about DADT and the crucial vote coming up in the Senate Armed Services Committee.  The film screening of the PBS documentary 'Ask Not' was hosted by Out @ IUSB and the Feminist Student Union. Our veteran volunteer leader Scott, a 20 year veteran of the National Guard who served nearly a decade under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” spoke to over 35 students about his experience in the military and having to go into the closet to continue to serve in fear of being outed. south-bend1Women’s Studies  Professor Christina Gerken brought her class to the screening and said, “back home in Germany my parents are reading news articles about gays in the US military and are wondering what the big deal is.” Germany is one of 26 countries that allow open service by lesbian and gay service members. The night ended in success with over 12 students signing up for a volunteer shift to postcard across the campus and the community.  Each of Professor Gerken's students took a packet of postcards for their friends and family to fill out. We drove back to Indianapolis late last night with over 75 postcards and students at IUSB ready to repeal DADT. Tomorrow the tour moves to Evansville with a film screening and discussion:

  • WHAT: Screening of “Ask Not,” a PBS documentary on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
  • WHEN: Thursday, April 1st at 7pm
  • WHERE: Eykamp Room 252, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN
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