Don't Ask Don't Tell

SLDN files motion in DOMA case

WASHINGTON -- To expedite the ruling in its case seeking equal recognition, benefits and family support for current and former servicemembers who have equally sacrificed and served in the U.S. armed forces, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) late Tuesday filed a motion for summary judgment in its case McLaughlin v. U.S.

SLDN originally filed the case in October with co-counsel Chadbourne & Parke.

VIDEO: The Center unveils LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center unveiled Thursday evening what is believed to be the first wall of honor dedicated to LGBT veterans.

A crowd of nearly 100 people, including veterans, active duty servicemembers, elected officials, community leaders and others, attended the catered affair in The Center’s auditorium.

SLDN to host annual fundraiser soiree Thursday in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) will host its annual San Diego Soiree on Thursday, Nov. 3, to raise money for the organization's work.

Since the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy went into effect on Sept. 20, SLDN has continued working to ensure that the armed forces are a safe, welcoming place for LGBT servicemembers.

In San Diego, DADT repeal celebrations continued into the night

SAN DIEGO -- Such a major civil rights advance as the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) will only happen once and it was cause for celebration.

And in a large military town like San Diego, which is home to hundreds, if not thousands of gay and lesbian servicemembers, the celebrations were aplenty.

Immediately following the "Freedom to Serve" ceremony held Tuesday evening at The Center in front of a standing-room-only crowd, community members fanned out to bars and restaurants throughout Hillcrest and surrounding neighborhoods to continue the celebration.

VIDEOS: San Diego's gay troops and supporters celebrate DADT repeal at stroke of midnight

SAN DIEGO -- Celebrating the final day of institutionalized discrimination against gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, a jovial crowd of nearly 400 people gathered at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill for the Servicemembers United (SU) "Countdown to Repeal" party.

Rep. Susan Davis to give insider’s story on repeal of DADT

SAN DIEGO -- As the nation gears up for the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) on Sept. 20, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will share her experience working to repeal the policy during a presentation at The Center at the end of the month.

“A Talk with Congresswoman Susan Davis – The Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell from an Insider’s Perspective” will be presented at 5:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 31, at The Center, 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest.

ACTION ALERT: Tell President Obama to prohibit discrimination and harassment of LGBT troops

WASHINGTON -- As the LGBT community counts down the days until the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) is officially repealed on Sept. 20, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) launched an online petition this week calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the armed forces based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Community members celebrate "the beginning of the end" of DADT

SAN DIEGO -- "We are celebrating the beginning of the end" of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of The Center, said at the "Countdown to Justice!" celebration on Monday night.

A crowd of about 75 people -- including active duty servicemembers, veterans, community leaders, elected officials and others -- gathered in the auditorium of The Center to celebrate Friday's certification of the repeal of the military's DADT policy.

Gay and lesbian servicemembers will be allowed to openly serve in the U.S. armed forces beginning Sept. 20.

TONIGHT: DADT-repeal celebration to be held at The Center

SAN DIEGO -- To celebrate Friday's certification of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host a "Countdown to Justice" event tonight, Monday, July 25.

The community is invited to gather at The Center at 6 pm as the clock counts down to Sept. 20, 2011, the day in which LGBT individuals will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces, ending the military's long- standing ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

ACTION ALERT: We cannot be silent - tell Senators to support equality in 2012 national defense bill

We may have won in Congress last year, but that hasn’t stopped some opponents from finding new ways to strike against LGBT service members. This week marks a moment to take action.