The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the organization which fought against the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for years, is hosting an event celebrating the repeal of the law headlined by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen.The event, “Celebrating Our Heroes,” will be held on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on Sept. 18, days ahead of the anniversary of the Sept. 20 repeal.
“This historic and emotional event presents a unique – indeed, a once in a lifetime – opportunity to reinforce the meaningful part that Admiral Mullen played in the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal process,” Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis said in a statement. “No one played a more pivotal role than Admiral Mullen in securing the support of Congress and the military for repeal.”
Separately, the Pentagon will sponsor its first gay pride event on Tuesday afternoon. Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson is the keynote speaker.