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Traipsing Across the Hoosier State to Repeal DADT

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This DADT organizing update comes from HRC organizer Adrian Matanza in Indiana: Vincennes AIDS WalkThis was a busy weekend to repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” I started early on Saturday morning at the 1st Annual Greater Vincennes AIDS Walk. It was an easy 5K walk on the campus of Vincennes University. The students were excited to help out a great cause and with the help of the LGBT group on campus, we collected over 45 postcards to send to Senator Bayh. After the walk, I drove back to Indianapolis to attend the Lesbian and Gay Band Association's Annual concert. There were 34 Pride Bands from across the country in town to rehearse together and perform an amazing concert. Scott, a former National Guard member, and I met veterans from across the country. On Sunday, we went to the bowling alley to meet up with more veterans and supporters of repeal. Here is Brian's report on the night: Sunday evening I joined HRC's organizer,  Adrian, a fellow volunteer, Scott , and the men and women of the Crossroads High Rollers for a rousing session of Gay Bowling.  Adrian, Scott, and Brian at Gay BowlingThe Crossroads High Rollers are an International Gay Bowlers Organization (IGBO) sponsored league that meets every Sunday from 6:00pm-9:00pm. LGBT bowlers in Indianapolis come out in droves to All Star Bowl to socialize over three exciting games.  In fact, about 85 bowlers showed up to last night’s festivities at All Star Bowl, on the east side of Indianapolis and many of them were 'Voices of Honor.' While Adrian, Scott and I were disappointed we didn’t win the raffle at the end of the night, we did have reason to head home happy.  Together, we collected 64 “Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” postcards, and got the Crossroad High Rollers excited about contacting Senator Bayh to push for his support to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”   We'll be continuing our efforts in South Bend tomorrow night, with a Voices of Honor Tour stop on the campus of IU. With the leadership of OUT @ IUSB and the Feminist Student Union they are organizing a great event to get the message out to repeal DADT.  Here are the details:

  • WHAT:  Screening of “Ask Not,” a PBS documentary on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Indiana University Student Activities Center, 1700 West Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN
  • WHO:  Discussion to feature remarks from: U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Scott Spaychala, a resident of Indianapolis who retired after serving more than 10 years under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
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