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Gallery | Gay ex-servicemen visit Florida International University to lobby for repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

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Three gay ex-servicemen spoke Wednesday at Florida International University’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade County. The visit – during FIU’s LGBTQA Pride Week – was part of the “Voices of Honor: A Generation Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” tour sponsored by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in partnership with Servicemembers United.

From HRC:

The national tour highlights the discriminatory law that hurts military readiness and national security while putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk. The events will include a documentary screening and a public forum with lesbian, gay and straight veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, alongside average Americans fighting for repeal of DADT.

  • Army human intelligence collector Alexander Nicholson, who six months after 9/11 was issued an involuntary honorable discharge pursuant to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, over the objection of his brigade commander, after he was “outed” by a fellow service member in his unit;
  • Walker Burttschell, a Miami native and veteran of the U.S. Marine who was discharged under DADT;
  • U.S. Army Specialist Jarrod Chlapowski, who opted to not re-enlist because of DADT and is a public policy advocate at the Human Rights Campaign.

The discussion included a screening of “Ask Not,” a PBS documentary on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Here are pictures from the event. All photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald staff.

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