National "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Tour Launch
NATIONAL PRESS CLUB; U.S. REP. PATRICK MURPHY; HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN; SERVICEMEMBERS UNITED:
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers United Participate on July 8
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), a veteran of the Iraq war, the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers United, will announce the launch of a national tour urging the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy banning gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving openly, at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, in the Zenger Room, 13th floor, National Press Building, 529 14th St., N.W.
Murphy will be joined by gay, lesbian and straight veterans, including Eric Alva, the first wounded veteran in the Iraq War; Jarrod Chlapowski, a former U.S. Army Korean linguist who opted to not re-enlist because of DADT and is currently a public policy advocate at the Human Rights Campaign; and Alex Nicholson, a U.S. Army veteran fluent in Arabic discharged under DADT and current executive director of Servicemembers United.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - the current U.S. policy on gays in the military - is the only law in the country that forces people to be dishonest about their personal lives or be fired or possibly imprisoned, according to advocates. They call it a discriminatory policy that hurts military readiness and national security while putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk.