Meg (snoodlepie) wrote in queerarizona,

Don't Ask Don't Tell

After 13 years, it is time to end the silence created by the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which forbids openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the armed forces. For thousands of gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers already serving, silence and invisibility are essential to survival. Despite being courageous defenders of humanity, these service members are forced to deny their own identity. They exist in an inverted reality where deceit is mandatory, truth is illegal, and abuse is their compensation. The pain of secrecy is only eclipsed by the fear of expulsion.

On September 20th in Phoenix young adults will begin their journey to fulfill their dreams of serving for the United States Coast Guard. They will attempt to enlist but are unwilling to hide their sexual orientation. They are asking the Coast Guard to honor their desire to serve their country and not reject it. When these capable and able young enlistees are rejected we will sit-in at the recruitment center.

This is a peaceful protest that says, I don't take no for an answer and my friend is next in line. Are you 18 -28 gay or lesbian and have a desire to serve your country but are not willing to lie about your sexual orientation to do so? Are you someone gay or straight who believes that these enlistees should be allowed to serve their country openly? Are you willing to sit-in when their desire is rejected?

All we ask is that you join us in a nonviolent spirit and, should the police be present, understand that you will not be arrested if you do not wish to submit to civil disobedience. No one is ever arrested by accident.

Event Details
Sep 20, 2006, 10 a.m.

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