Event to Addresses Unresolved Questions about LGBT Equality in the Armed Forces Post-DADT Repeal


Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2012 – A panel of experts from civil rights and advocacy organizations will examine equality in the Armed Forces after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) at an American University Washington College of Law event, Feb. 29, noon-2p.m.

The event, “In the Wake of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal: Unresolved Questions on LGBT Equality in the Armed Forces,” is presented by the law school’s Program on Law and Government, the Labor and Employment Law Forum, and the Lambda Law Society

The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was a milestone for the fair treatment of LGBT members of the Armed Forces. However, non-discrimination in recruitment and staffing does not mean equality has been achieved. The DADT repeal did not address discrimination against transgender service members, and left questions unanswered concerning how the spouses of LGBT service members in civilly recognized same-sex marriages are treated in the post-ban era. Panelists will discuss these and other issues and what remains to be done to achieve equality for all members of the Armed Forces.


  • Allyson Robinson, deputy director for Employee Programs of the Human Rights Campaign’s Foundation Workplace Project
  • Lisa Mottet, Transgender Civil Rights Project director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Aubrey Sarvis, executive director, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network


  • Stephen I. Vladeck, professor of law, associate dean of scholarship, American University Washington College of Law

Read more information or register for the event.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Megan Smith, 202-274-4276.


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