Joe Mirabella

ACTION ALERT: Veterans Lobby Day

Filed By Joe Mirabella | May 05, 2010 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, lobby day, Take Action, Veterans lobby day

We're in the final critical days that could make a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell a reality. We need Congress to include the repeal of Don't ask Don't Tell in the 2011 Defense Appropriations Bill scheduled for mark up in next couple of weeks.

Veterans Lobby Day to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell is scheduled for May 10 - 11 in Washington DC:

WE NEED YOU... to join us in DC!

On May 10-11, hundreds of veterans from across the United States will descend on Washington, DC with one clear message for Congress - "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) needs to go and it needs to go this year! The National Veterans Lobby Day on DADT, a project of Servicemembers United and the Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with a broad coalition of other pro-military and pro-equality organizations, will take place immediately before the National Defense Authorization Act - the bill that should contain DADT repeal language - is drafted on Capitol Hill. During this critical time, we need all hands on deck. WE NEED YOU to join us in Washington, DC for the National Veterans Lobby Day on DADT to help us tell members of Congress and their staff face-to-face that DADT needs to go, and it needs to go now! ...

The voices of our straight allies are just as important as the voices of gay and lesbian veterans who were lived under the shadow of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Please spread the word and attend if you can. If you can't travel to DC, please call your representatives now.

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Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | May 5, 2010 1:38 PM

As a veteran who got thrown out before the benefit of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, I'd love to be able to come to DC and help but as an unemployed American who is about to lose UI benefits, I can't afford to. Rest assured that my representative and Senators know my position very clearly. My representative supports repeal while my both of my Senators are adamantly against it. I will re-iterate my position to them though. Who knows? Maybe it will finally encourage Cornyn to stop spamming me for money.
That being said, Don't Ask, Don't Tell is not legislation. It is Defense Department Directive number 1304.26 and all it would take for repeal and replacement with a non discrimination policy is a Defense Department Directive issued by the Commander in Chief, aka our "fierce advocate". Don't let anybody bullshit you about that.

The Transgender American Veterans Association was not invited to be part of this, and in spite of people saying we would get an invitation, it has not materialized. I just figured people should know.

Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | May 5, 2010 6:22 PM

Why am I not surprised? I don't think the repeal of this policy will affect Transgendered service people anyway but it's just another case of the transgendered people being the red headed step children of the LGBT community. I never violated the UCMJ but they still managed to throw me out. When I was discharged, I tried to become active in the LGBT community to enact change but soon found that I wasn't really welcome there either. Then I joined the TAVA and found out that I was just expected to pay dues and remain silent. Our community sometimes does more harm to itself and each other than people outside do to us.

Thank you for sharing that. I was not aware of their oversight.

Remember, John Aravosis ( said:

Lobby Days are "political masturbation" and they "don't matter."

Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | May 6, 2010 8:43 AM

John Aravosis is also an anti Trans bigot, demonstrably so by his own words. Pardon me if I don't take anything he says seriously. I don't listen to David Duke or Louis Farrakhan either.

Alex, it's not until May 10 - 11.