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Major Protest of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' at White House on Sunday

A major "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rally is planned for this Sunday in Lafayette Park in front of the White House.

Choi  GetEQUAL writes: "On May 2nd at 12:00 noon (EDT), GetEQUAL, Queer Rising and Talk About Equality will gather outside the White House to demand that President Obama immediately include 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' (DADT) repeal language in his Defense Authorization transmittals to Congress to ensure repeal of the ban this year. There will also be a solidarity rally in Phoenix across from Sen. McCain’s Phoenix office."

Speakers include Lt. Dan Choi, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II, Lt. Robin Chaurasiya, Cpl. Evelyn Thomas, Spc. Jarrod Chlapowski, Maj. Mike Almy, Capt. Tanya Domi, Cpl. Brett Edward Stout, Sgt. Brian Fricke, and Sgt. Justin Elzie.

The group adds: "In his January State of the Union address, President Obama promised to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy this year. Since that time, a series of statements from the Administration have suggested that the President is no longer committed to repeal this year. Leaders in Congress and organizations leading the fight for repeal have called on the President to clarify his commitment and show leadership—yet, the President remains AWOL. With the possibility of losses in the House and Senate for Democrats this Fall, waiting for a review of DADT may very likely delay repeal for years. The LGBT community and allied communities will continue to put pressure on the President and members of Congress to follow through with their pledge to repeal DADT this year."

Another demonstration is planned in Phoenix: "There will be a coordinated rally across from Senator McCain’s Phoenix office at Desert Storm Park. The Phoenix Rally will feature the “McCain Five” (Petty Officer Lonnie Allen Howard-Stidham, Jimmy Gruender, Meg Sneed, Luisa Valdez and Lee Waters), the activists arrested on Monday after refusing to leave Sen. McCain’s Phoenix office after being denied a meeting with their Senator. The rally is sponsored by H.E.R.O. (Human & Equal Rights Organizers), for more information on the Phoenix rally contact Rev. Brad Wishon at 623.570.6166 or revwishon@aol.com."

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  1. Meanwhile, Joe Solmonese and the HRC will be at home deciding on a theme for this years "Cocktails with the Prez"

    Posted by: Name: | Apr 29, 2010 1:46:14 PM


  2. Name. Actually, HRC and Servicemember United had an event planned for May 11th. GetEQUAL didn't want to take part in that event so they planned something for the 2nd, rather than show a unified front on the issue.

    I get that it's great sport on the blogs and the blogswarm to make it seem like HRC is doing nothing, but it's not true.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 29, 2010 2:01:37 PM


  3. I'm glad this event will be taking place, but if it's going to include a publicity-seeking, make-believe activist group like Queer Rising, the participants have not been properly vetted. It is supremely insulting to connect Gay servicemen with the term "queer". GetEQUAL needs to be more careful about its associations.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Apr 29, 2010 2:16:38 PM


  4. @Mike He who screams first and loudest, gets the recognition.

    Posted by: Keith | Apr 29, 2010 2:18:34 PM


  5. Yeah, MIKE, maybe the event that the HRC is planning can have kathy griffin do some stand up like last time ("My fags...blah blah blah, blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah! BLAH! BLAH!"). Sounds effective. Then perhaps joe solmonese can reenact his favorite scenes from desperate housewives for the repeal of DADT. Losers.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 29, 2010 2:20:12 PM


  6. and I expect some interpretive dance from the SLDN to express disapproval of DADT. It better be entertaining!

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 29, 2010 2:24:47 PM


  7. @Mike - I'm not sure if the truth actually interests you, but the event on May 11th is a lobbying day, not a protest. GetEQUAL (as well as the other groups participating in the rally on Sunday) have actually been working with SLDN and Servicemembers United on the speakers for the rally on Sunday as well as getting more people for the event on May 11th.

    @Stuffed Animal - What is "make-believe" about chaining yourself to the NY Marriage Bureau and getting arrested? Members of QR were standing on the floor of the Labor Committee with Robin McGehee to support ENDA. And FYI, there are Servicemen and women who are members of Queer Rising, and they certainly don't have an issue with the term, "Queer." And using the term "vetted" when it refers to members of an activist group seems rather elitist. This isn't a country club. No one is running for Vice President. I'm proud to be joining GetEQUAL and QR on Sunday. Hope you can find your way there so you can stand up for what's important instead of sitting at a computer passing judgment against those who are.

    Posted by: JamieMcG | Apr 29, 2010 2:32:19 PM


  8. A "lobbying day" is better than a protest. Actually meeting with the men and women who have yet to commit to voting down DADT is better than yelling into the wind and chaining yourself to a fence, again...

    Posted by: David | Apr 29, 2010 3:12:56 PM


  9. A lobbying day is fantastic, and I'm sure members of QR and GE will both be attending the lobbying day, but a protest is hardly "yelling into the wind." The people yell into microphones and are heard by maybe a few hundred people right there, but then the press picks it up and tells the story and a few thousand people make phone calls to their legislators. A lobbying day doesn't provide any kind of public outreach. So as has been said before - we need both sides of this in order to succeed.

    Everyone needs to participate. If the way you participate is by writing lies and assumptions about people who are out in the streets fighting for your equality, then I personally see that as a bit counter-productive. Maybe instead you ought to go take part in the lobbying day if you think that's what you believe most in. We'd be glad to have you there.

    Posted by: JamieMcG | Apr 29, 2010 3:25:43 PM


  10. Lobbying days and protests are both very important things to do at this point, and we should be incredibly grateful to all organizations making any effort at all to advance our equality. Now can everyone please stfu about which of our allies is more allied with us? Has anyone forgotten about the people who HATE us? Christ on a fuckin cracker.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Apr 29, 2010 3:26:43 PM


  11. I thought Dan was told to stay away from the White House

    Posted by: wondermann | Apr 29, 2010 7:08:24 PM


  12. @JEFFROB: Ditto. Thanks.

    Posted by: HawaiiBill | Apr 29, 2010 9:38:00 PM


  13. I wouldn't claim to speak for Dan Choi, but I would imagine that since he chained himself the White House fence after he was released from his prior arrest for chaining himself to the White House fence, his response to any request to stay away from the White House was along the lines of, "Fuck, No!"

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 29, 2010 10:17:17 PM


  14. The Rally is being cancelled. Thankfully.

    Posted by: AndrewW | Apr 30, 2010 12:48:43 AM


  15. Oh there's andreww 'again' with his LIE that the rally is cancelled.
    He's so transparent. LOL

    Who are you? Someone from HRC? Someone who works for the Presidency? Or simply just a tired old queen?

    The new and exciting organization has now started. Either join up or get out of the way, The train has left the station!

    Go GetEqual!!!!!

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 30, 2010 2:10:15 AM


  16. There are three things you can count on always coming back: cockroaches, anal warts, and Andrew.

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Apr 30, 2010 2:59:49 AM


  17. a couple of thoughts:

    1.) AFTER Get Equal and Dan Choi scheduled the the May 2 Protest, THEN HRC and Solmonese organized the May 4th event. (?)

    2.) Also, in Mr. Solmonese's recent Statement, he uses the words: a "slap in the face", exactly like Dan Choi.

    I want to support HRC, but I also want the HRC to support OTHER efforts, not just their own, this is not a competition, that is our current Achillies Heel,...

    and I too want HRC to re-ignite a flame under their own feet and to become a real leader in this movement again, and not just parroting the initiatives of others, too late.

    I am not bashing, just speaking frankly about what seems to have become complacent, and about what needs to be done.

    Whether Get Equal has the perfect approach or not, at least they are Doing something. Thanks!

    We certainly do not need to offend or to castigate the President. He alone is not to blame, although he has factually reversed his position, and needs to be held to his word.

    Why can't there be repeal legislation in the works and ready for when the "study" is completed in December?? and then at least Repeal would be Started in this current year. Wouldn't this move us and allow the President to save face?

    Money and Numbers talk - Let's all get together on this.

    Posted by: customartist | May 2, 2010 9:23:14 AM


  18. About 200 people. Wow.

    Posted by: AndrewW | May 2, 2010 1:53:52 PM


  19. When organizers considered "cancelling" this Rally, they should have.

    More embarrassment from GetEqual and other self-proclaimed "activists."

    Thankfully, the media has ignored these "childish stunts."

    Posted by: AndrewW | May 2, 2010 1:56:24 PM


  20. I wish there was more publicity for rallies like the May 2nd one. I live a short walk from the White House and would have been there if I'd known about it.

    Posted by: hephaestion | May 4, 2010 7:29:26 PM


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