Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of America, Inc.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
POST OFFICE BOX 610511
Birmingham, Alabama 35261-0511
(205) 833-8391 FAX (205) 833-2681
PRESS RELEASE #98-01 February 15, 1998
GLBVA NATIONAL CONVENTION TO BE HELD IN DENVER MARCH 13-15, 1998
“Not even one…”
Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans from around the country will be converging on Denver, Colorado during the weekend of March 13-15, 1998. Whether or not you are a member of GLBVA we invite you to attend this important Conference. The issues affecting Gay American Veterans should be everyone’s concern.
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue”is an insult to everyone. But to more than 850 Gay American men and women it was more than an insult – last year it was the end of their careers. And this is only ONE year, and this has been happening for years. Many of you are familiar with Randy Shilts book “Conduct Unbecoming.” Since the publication of his book in 1993, more than 3,000 gays and lesbians have been discharged. Not even one gay or lesbian should be discharged, simply on the basis of his or her sexual orientation.. Not even one.
Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Veterans of America is the largest National Gay Veterans organization that is still challenging the federal government’s policy. Last May, for the first time ever, we asked for, and received two historic meetings. in Washington DC. Five of us were invited into the Pentagon to discuss our concerns with General Shalikashvili’s Assistant, Mr. Frederick Pang. Ten of us sat down with Mr. Richard Socarides in the Old Executive Building of the White House to air our grievances.
We are inviting some of these victims of persecution to participate in this historic Conference. Among the participants on our panel will be Cpl. Edward Clayton, USMC, Capt. Warren Dinges, USAF and Col. Edward Modesto, USA.
Conference cost is $60.00,
National Contact person
James C. Darby
P.O. Box 29317
Chicago, IL 60629
Denver contact persons
John Kelly, President, Denver Chapter
Sam Gallegos, Vice-President
1150 E. Colfax
Denver, CO 80218
Rooms are $60 – single, $65 – double
Includes a Continental Breakfast
GLBVA is an all volunteer membership based organization. We have no paid staff. All monies collected are used for newsletters, postage and occasional wreath layings in Washington DC. All officers pay their own expenses everywhere. We are a 501 © 3 organization and accept all donations.