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Students Join DADT Fight at Marshall Univ. Pride Week

Repeal-DADT-Now-banner_600 The following post is from Josh Langdon, a native of Huntington, WV and an intern at the Human Rights Campaign. C and J on the stageMarshall University’s Lambda Society kicked their Pride Week off with a bang when over a hundred people came out Friday, April 2 to watch their annual drag show featuring performers from the local club, Stonewall, here in Huntington, WV. Regional Field Organizer Christine Sloane and I represented the Human Rights Campaign at the show last night and advocated for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We were really excited to be able to take part in the Pride festivities with the Lambda Society. Christine and I are working closely with Fairness West Virginia and West Virginia Pride all over the state to urge Senator Byrd to vote in favor of the repeal of this discriminatory law. WV has the highest number of vets per capita in the nation, and it’s imperative that Senator Byrd hears from West Virginians from every corner of the state. To learn more about ways you can be involved in this crucial fight, please contact Christine at christine.sloane@hrc.org. As a Huntington native, I am so proud of the enthusiasm I saw last night. SoStudents signing WV Marshall many people thanked us for being there to represent HRC, and they were really proud of the work that our organization does. Most folks signed postcards to Senator Byrd asking for immediate repeal and we were able to recruit a number of volunteers to help us on the ground here at Marshall University. We’re really excited about the Voices of Honor event that we’re hosting with the Marshall University Cabell County Young Democrats next Wednesday, April 7th at 6:00pm at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center in room 2W16. Army Sergeant Pepe Noah Johnson, a West Virginia native and resident who was discharged under DADT, will be joining us for a screening of the PBS documentary “Ask Not”. Pepe will answer questions and lead a community discussion on this issue. I hope to see the crowd from last night and many more from the community!

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