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Veterans Travel Virginia to Repeal DADT

Repeal-DADT-Now-banner_600 Richmond Queer Action Take Action 1After a weeklong stay in Richmond, I got on the road yesterday morning and am now camped out in Norfolk preparing for our Voices of Honor event tonight. After making so many new friends, and reuniting with a lot of older ones, I was more than a little sad to leave the state capital. At the end of last week, I had the privilege of escorting a delegation of local veterans and community leaders to a meeting with Senator Jim Webb’s Richmond staff. Our group had the opportunity to meet with the Senator’s State Director and, in my humble opinion, they did an amazing job of explaining why DADT must be repealed THIS YEAR. The group also presented Senator Webb’s State Director with a large stack of handwritten letters, all from local constituents who support a Richmond In-District 1speedy repeal of this discriminatory law. The senator’s staff were very professional and supportive, and I think the group made a great impression. While in town, I also had the chance to work quite a bit with Queer Action, a pro-equality group at Virginia Commonwealth University. Together we hosted a take action meeting and tabled on campus to spread the word about the need to repeal DADT. I was impressed by their passion for justice and equality, and it made me more than a little nostalgic for my days of college activism at Virginia Tech. The group was also instrumental in recruiting for our Richmond Voices of Honor event. Richmond VOH 2The Richmond Voices of Honor event was a great experience. Held at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the event brought out members of the community from every walk of life. The film was very well received and everyone stuck around afterwards to write a handwritten letter and sign a postcard to Senator Webb. To see HRC military affairs consultant Jarrod Chlapowski speak about DADT repeal and the Richmond event, check out the local NBC affiliate interview. Be sure to join us today at our Voices of Honor event in Norfolk, if you’re in the area. Norfolk Voices of Honor April 22nd ~ 7:00 PM 235 East Plume St. in Norfolk If you can’t join us today, or want to get more involved in our work throughout Virginia, shoot me an email at terry.mcguire@hrc.org.

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