Equality Virginia announced the details of tonight’s celebration of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal. The event in with 400 already pre-registered is being held in Norfolk, home to one of the United States’ largest military populations.
The event features several vocal leaders supporting DADT’s repeal including Tracy Thorne-Begland, honorably discharged after revealing his sexual orientation on Nightline in 1992. Thorne-Begland is the current Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), OutServe, and an honorary committee of retired and veteran service members will co-host tonight’s event.
“Now thousands of Virginia’s service members will salute the flag knowing, at long last, that our military is as proud of their service as they are proud to serve. We are especially pleased that the majority of our congressional delegation helped make this day possible.” said James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia.
The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day celebration is Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 at Waterside Center Court, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia. A reception at Elements of Waterside follows. The event is free an open to the public.
“The majority of Virginians believe in fairness and equality, and it is discouraging to see so many of our legislators unwilling to stand with them for what is right by passing discriminatory legislation.”