Thursday, April 8, 2010

DADT Repeal Lobbying Meeting with Sen. Jim Webb Confirmed! Get Involved!

We have received a confirmation from Terry McGuire at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) that our meeting with Senator Jim Webb's staff in his Roanoke office has been scheduled for Friday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m.. The senator's office it at 3140 Chaparral Dr., (off Electric Rd.) Bldg. C, suite 101. 

Members of Roanoke Equality and some local military veterans met with Terry over the weekend to talk about this lobbying effort. I can't emphasize enough our need for maximum community involvement. We need your help. Are you an LGBT veteran of the armed forces? This is you chance to tell your story to someone who can affect change and get rid of the shameful, discriminatory policy called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" that compels queer service members to lie about who they are in order to serve their country. The best part is, you don't have to travel to DC to do it. There is no marching involved. No protest rallies, no crowds, no picket signs or press, just a quite meeting in an office. Contact me at to get involved.

This is a unique opportunity to make a difference on a national level, right here in Roanoke. I look forward to hearing from you.

HRC is also holding an event in Blacksburg on the Virginia Tech campus called "Voices of Honor" where there will be a screening of "Ask Not", the PBS documentary about serving under DADT. There will be a discussion after the film with gay and lesbian veterans who are leading the fight for repeal.

This event is being held in Colonial Hall at the Squires Student Center, Wednesday, April 28th, from 7pm - 9pm (est) on the Va. Tech campus (map).

To attend, contact Terry McGuire at 202-294-0784 or

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1 comment:

  1. Great piece Steve...if we get more than 10...maybe they can all take turns going in and out of the office that morning to tell their stories...or maybe all can get together to sign a petition, and attach stories to it etc to present to him..?


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