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“Do Ask, Do Tell”: Perspectives on the Military and the LGBTQ Experience – National Museum of the United States Navy Celebrates Pride Month

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

“Do Ask, Do Tell”: Perspectives on the Military and the LGBTQ Experience - National Museum of the United States Navy Celebrates Pride Month
The National Museum of the United States Navy Celebrates Pride Month

About this event

It’s no secret that all the military services shared a long history of excluding gay men, bisexuals, and lesbians from its ranks. But from President Clinton’s 1993 “Don’t ask don’t tell policy” or DADT to President Obama’s landmark legislation to repeal DADT altogether on September 20, 2011, many LGBTQ servicemembers felt a sense of liberation and that equality had prevailed. But has it really? How far have the military services come in equal treatment of its LGBTQ servicemembers? To many, in and out of uniform, perception is not the reality, and there still exists a stigma of being gay in the military. Is there true equity, understanding and empathy regarding sexual orientation and gender among the service leadership ranks and Pentagon policy makers?

Join our panel in discussion as former servicemembers look at these questions and share their individual perspectives and personal stories.

Moderator: David Barker

Education Specialist, National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Panelists:

Patrick Burns, Deputy Director, Naval History and Heritage Command, and Captain, USN (Ret)

Jay Stillpec: Former Navy broadcast journalist and mass communications specialist

Joel Tinsley-Hall: Former musician, U.S. Army Band and Chorus, Europe

Scott Tinsley-Hall: Director of Strategy & Market Intelligence, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

REGISTER NOW

This program will be in the museum’s Education Center, Building 76, Washington Navy Yard. Social distancing and mask requirements will be observed.

Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to park outside the base and then be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking metro, take the Green line and exit the Navy Yard /Ballpark metro stop, then walk to the main base entrance at 6th and M Street (about 15 minutes). Parking Options: If driving, limited, metered street parking is available across the street from the main entrance. Street parking in the area surrounding the Harris Teeters is also available. Another option is to use the Harris Teeters underground parking garage. Parking is free for one hour. You will need to validate your ticket in the store before leaving the garage. Please be outside the main entrance by 11am on the program date. Please be prompt. A museum educator will be there to escort you onto the base.

Register through Eventbrite or email David Barker at [email protected]