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This is part 1 of the video clip of the Right to Serve enlistment in Minneapolis, MN on May 30, 2006. The Right to Serve campaign for summer/fall 2006 is a project in 31 cities around the country working to end the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy of banning openly gay, lesbian and bisexual service in the United States military. Jake Reitan, Haven Herrin and Ezekiel Montgomery, all openly gay/lesbian individuals, chose to enlist as openly GLBT citizens in the Minnesota National Guard. They held a press conference to announce their direct action with supporters accompanying them and then went in to enlist.
Part 1 of the video (be sure to see Part 2) begins with Jake and Haven’s press conference, followed by a statement by the public spokesperson from the Minnesota National Guard. Jake and Haven then went in to begin the enlistment process.
For more information on the Right to Serve campaign to raise public awareness on and end the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell bannin g openly GLBT individuals from serving openly and honorably in the United States military, go to www.righttoserve.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.