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A national protest against the ban on military service by openly gay people comes to Conway Wednesday. A lesbian will attempt to join the Navy. She expects to be rejected and to be arrested for protesting. News release on the jump.

PRESS ADVISORY

September 26th, 2006

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What: Two openly gay young Americans will attempt to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. If they are turned away, supporters will join them in a direct action and protest.

When: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006.  The press conference will begin at 10:30 am.

Where: Armed Forces Recruitment Center

1150 Museum Road

Conway, AR 72032

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( Conway, AR) This Wednesday, Esther Mead will attempt to enlist in the United States Navy as an open lesbian.   Her desire to serve without lying about her sexual orientation directly challenges the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, which bans openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving.

Since DADT was enacted in 1993, over 11,000 gay service members have been discharged from the Military at a cost of over $364 million to American Taxpayers.

On Wednesday, Esther Mead joins young adults across the country in attempting to enlist, but doing so with integrity.

She is a part of Soulforce's Right to Serve Campaign, which aims to create public awareness about government-sanctioned discrimination and its damaging effects. In thirty cities across the nation, openly gay, lesbian and bisexual young people are attempting to join the nation's military.

If Esther Mead is rejected for being a lesbian, she and her supporters will conduct a sit-in of protest.   Arrests are probable.

Cities that have had recent Right to Serve events include New York, Austin, and Phoenix. Actions are also occurring in Spokane, Madison, and Washington, D.C. this week.

For more information, please visit www.righttoserve.org and www.soulforce.org.


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