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Pounding the Pavement in the Granite State for DADT Repeal

I’ve spent the last week in New Hampshire rallying the troops to show Senators Gregg and Shaheen that the Granite State wants to see repeal this year. We kicked off our work at the Hampton Farmers Market, where we got petition signatures and a few new volunteers to help with our efforts across the state. Next was Manchester, which was definitely hopping and I was lucky enough to find a great network of volunteers and supporters. State Representative Robert Thompson and his husband Mike Jacobson took me out to some of the local haunts, like Element Lounge, to rally the troops and were kind enough to host a potluck bbq at their home Saturday afternoon. At the BBQ, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Congressman Hodes, who voted in favor of repeal a few weeks ago. Local veterans had the chance to thank the Congressman as he enjoyed a burger and chatted with us about our work and where the legislation is now. It was a great day, a casual atmosphere, and we were able to get everything in just before the rain. We topped off the day at the Breezeway Pub, also in Manchester, where the staff was more than happy to help support our efforts for repeal. There, we met new volunteers and had many great conversations about repeal and what Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell really means. The weekend ended with a visit to South Church, a Universalist Unitarian parish in Portsmouth. Reverend Elaine Peresluha has been working with the Human Rights Campaign to engage the faith community and was kind enough to invite me to South Church to chat with parishioners about the final push for repeal. I’m looking forward to continuing to make my way across the state, and there will be many opportunities to lend your voice to this important movement. New Hampshire is key in this fight and we need every single supporter to be involved. Stay tuned for information on ways to be involved, even if you’re not a New Hampshire resident. I’ll be posting about upcoming opportunities, like a phonebank in Maine to call New Hampshire constituents. We will be back in Manchester on July 10 at West Side Arena, 1 Electric Street, to watch the ManchVegas Roller Girls crush the Ottowa Roller Derby while getting support for repeal. Please let me know if you can volunteer at this event at 5 p.m. by emailing me at We need your help to rally support across the state in the short weeks until the vote, so if you can host a house party, volunteer for a few hours, make phone calls, or write a letter to the editor, please let me know as soon as possible. We can’t do this without you!

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