Human Rights Campaign Calls Attention to Human Toll of &quotDon't Ask, Don't Tell&quot as Senate Bat

by HRC Staff

Photo Exhibition Presents Stories of Service Members Impacted by Discriminatory Law

Washington - This week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is presenting artist Jeff Sheng's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" photography series in conjunction with FotoWeek DC and as part of HRC's greater efforts to call attention to this law prior to the lame duck session of Congress. The exhibition visually documents the stories of more than sixty servicemen and woman currently affected by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, which mandates the discharge of military personnel who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

With midterm elections leaving a divided Congress, there is a small window of opportunity to repeal this discriminatory law during the lame duck session. Through this exhibition, HRC is bringing immediate attention to the plight of service members as efforts increase to push for repeal. This is one small facet of HRC's upcoming efforts - which also include on the ground organizing in key states - in the difficult fight for immediate repeal of this law by the 111th Congress.

The exhibition at HRC will run today through Wednesday, November 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at HRC headquarters 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC. Additionally, HRC will take part in a large scale projection of the artists work on Wednesday, November 10th at 5 p.m. as part of Fotoweek's NightGallery. During this event, Sheng's work will be projected onto the exterior of HRC Headquarters. In addition to experiencing the work that is displayed, visitors to these events will have the opportunity to sign a petition to lawmakers urging repeal and to learn more about this failed law.

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