National Equality March – Washington DC – October 11, 2009

Citing Michael Bedwell:

On October 10, the day before, there was a protest against DADT and a memorial for Leonard Matlovich: the first gay service member to purposely out himself to fight the ban. Among those present were longtime gay and peace activist David Mixner, Randy Wicker, who led the first gay protest ever in the US in 1964 [also against the ban], Jose Zuniga and Tracy Thorne-Begland who both outed themselves to the Army and Navy, respectively, to fight the ban in 92-93, Movement pioneer & Leonard’s mentor Frank Kameny, Rev. Troy Perry, another pioneer, Michael Bedwell, Alex Nicholson, DADT victim & cofounder of Servicemembers United, Dan Choi, and gay Capt. Mike Rankin, US Navy, Ret.

This was a protest against DADT and a memorial for Leonard Matlovich. the first gay service member to purposely out himself to fight the ban, the day before the 2009 National Equality March on Washington. Left to right: longtime gay and peace activist David Mixner [in the wheelchair], Randy Wicker, who led the first gay protest ever in the US in 1964 [also against the ban], Jose Zuniga and Tracy Thorne-Begland who both outed themselves to the Army and Navy, respectively, to fight the ban in 92-93, Movement pioneer & Leonard's mentor Frank Kameny, Rev. Troy Perry, another pioneer, myself at the podium, Alex Nicholson, DADT victim & cofounder of Servicemembers United, Dan Choi, and gay Capt. Mike Rankin, US Navy, Ret.  Photo courtesy of Bill Wilson.

This was a protest against DADT and a memorial for Leonard Matlovich. the first gay service member to purposely out himself to fight the ban, the day before the 2009 National Equality March on Washington. Left to right: longtime gay and peace activist David Mixner [in the wheelchair], Randy Wicker, who led the first gay protest ever in the US in 1964 [also against the ban], Jose Zuniga and Tracy Thorne-Begland who both outed themselves to the Army and Navy, respectively, to fight the ban in 92-93, Movement pioneer & Leonard’s mentor Frank Kameny, Rev. Troy Perry, another pioneer, myself at the podium, Alex Nicholson, DADT victim & cofounder of Servicemembers United, Dan Choi, and gay Capt. Mike Rankin, US Navy, Ret. Photo courtesy of Bill Wilson.

A video of Rev Perry speaking at this event:
Rev Perry speaking October 10, 2009. There are many other speakers on this link.

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