May 2, 2010
Lafayette Park near the White House, Washington DC
A demonstration at the White House had been planned by GetEQUAL for May 2 before Friday’s White House-backed letter from Defense Sec. Robert Gates to the House Armed Services Committee saying he is “strongly opposed” to any changes to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” legislation before the military review is completed in December.
Howard Dean made a surprise appearance and 6 protestors were arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence chanting "I am somebody - I deserve full equality - Right here right now - We deserve full equality". (I have some short video if you are interested.)
The protesters feel an urgency to repeal DADT before the November elections when Democrats are expected to lose congressional seats, thereby closing the current “window of opportunity” afforded by a Democratic President and Congress.
Dean was told of the event earlier that day by one of the attendees at an "Orgainizing for America" meeting. Other speakers included Lt. Dan Choi, Capt. Tanya Domi, and Aubrey Sarvis, Vietnam veteran and executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network