Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hearing on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

On July 23, the Subcommittee on Military Personnel of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee has scheduled a hearing to discuss the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." This will be the first hearing to discuss repeal of the policy since it was enacted in 1993. Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) will chair this important hearing.
The hearing will begin at 2 pm EDT (1 pm CDT).

There are no Representatives from Tennessee on the subcommittee, but Stephen Cohen of Memphis is a co-sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2007 (H.R.1246), which would repeal the ban.

Several former officers and enlisted personnel are scheduled to testify. While "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" applies to sexual orientation only, according to P-FLAG, a transgender veteran is also scheduled to testify to share insights on how the law affects transgender and gender non-conforming personnel.

It is the hope of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition that when "Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed, it will allow all Americans who wish to serve, the right to do so regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Marisa Richmond

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is an organization designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at the Federal, State and local levels. TTPC is dedicated to raising public awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact:

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC)
P.O. Box 92335
Nashville, TN 37209
(615)353-1834 fax


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