Bil Browning

Countdown to DADT Repeal: Party Like Its 1993

Filed By Bil Browning | September 19, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, repeal parties, Servicemembers United, SLDN

Tonight at midnight Eastern time the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy will finally be consigned to the dustbins of history. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers will finally be able to serve openly in the US military.

The organizations who beetle-bailey-DADT.jpghave worked to repeal the discriminatory policy will start the celebrations tonight with Servicemembers United's "Countdown to Repeal" party at Town - a danceclub in Washington DC.

Don't spend this milestone at home alone! Come out and join hundreds, maybe even thousands, of other servicemembers, vets, and supporters around the country for a New Years Eve-style celebration on the night of Monday, September 19th (with an actual, euphoric countdown to repeal at midnight)!

This is NOT a fundraiser, and there is NO "suggested donation." This will be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the gay military community, so come out and celebrate our historic victory with friends.

On Tuesday, SLDN takes center stage with "Repeal Day" parties in over 100 cities nationwide. Flagship events with special guests will take place in Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Charleston, SC, West Hollywood, and Germany. Check out the SLDN site for more details.


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The trans community will be celebrating with their GLB brothers and sisters tomorrow to ring in a historical moment for our country. I, personally, will be at a solemn event tonight at sunset, and an SLDN party tomorrow night.

TAVA would also like to remind all of you to go to the Facebook event page for the Moment of Silence to commit to a moment of silence for those who still have to serve in silence. Nearly 2600 people across the world have committed to this. Many straight people have given their support. Go to: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1138290756#!/event.php?eid=257492897611441&view=wall¬if_t=event_wall

SLDN will hold a Moment of Silence at their big event in DC tomorrow. Congress people will be in the audience and will speak. The fight is not over as long as one group of people faces discrimination in the military. When the parties are over, trans service members will need your help. Please remember us on Sept 20.

The trans community will be celebrating with their GLB brothers and sisters tomorrow to ring in a historical moment for our country. I, personally, will be at a solemn event tonight at sunset, and an SLDN party tomorrow night.

TAVA would also like to remind all of you to go to the Facebook event page for the Moment of Silence to commit to a moment of silence for those who still have to serve in silence. Nearly 2600 people across the world have committed to this. Many straight people have given their support. Go to: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1138290756#!/event.php?eid=257492897611441&view=wall¬if_t=event_wall

SLDN will hold a Moment of Silence at their big event in DC tomorrow. Congress people will be in the audience and will speak. The fight is not over as long as one group of people faces discrimination in the military. When the parties are over, trans service members will need your help. Please remember us on Sept 20.

Gee, didnt you learn on the other thread (and plenty along the way) that trans ppl having any involvement with DADT is hijacking?

I didn't think I hit Submit twice. Sorry about that.

Can we take a few minutes and remember ALLLLLLL the lesbian/gay/bi service members that have been personally investigated/outed/court martial-ed and discharged???

These women and men are part of our American History.
Every investigation court martial and discharge was a personnel wall w/but only one stone.

They did it alone.
By them self.
For DECADES women and men have been discharged and outed.

This will finally stop.

california panda | September 19, 2011 8:42 PM

I will not try to take away any of the joy of the moment for my LGB brothers and sisters. Congratulations on your win. I only wonder why my trans brothers and sisters can serve openly and honestly in Canada's (and several other countries) military without their military imploding while the US military is still quavering from fear over trans inclusion. If trans people are that "dangerous" we should have our own combat unit. The enemy would be beaten even before they're engaged.

If trans people are that "dangerous" we should have our own combat unit.

I'm totally going to steal this line for trans in the military advocacy, panda.

Wasn't that a line from Eddie Izzard's act? Something about the element of surprise? "And what could be more surprising than the 1st Battalion Transvestite (sic) Brigade? Parachuting into the battlefield with FANTASTIC makeup...and a fantastic gun!"

I want to thank all of you for your support. Last night, at a solemn event near Piedmont Park in Atlanta, in front a large crowd, Danny Ingram, the President of the American Veterans for Equal Rights swore an oath directly to me that AVER will fight for full equality in the military. We even had a letter of support from Congressman John Lewis. It was a beautiful event.

Almost 2800 people have committed to a Moment of Silence. Some have already had theirs. Thank you so much in helping with the education.