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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 09/20/2011

Where to celebrate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal in D.C.

As gay troops welcome the formal repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” Tuesday, venues around the Washington area are providing plenty of opportunities to celebrate.


The formal repeal of the ban on gays in uniform — known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” — now permits troops to publicly reveal they’re gay without fear of official retribution.
Servicememembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is hosting two fetes Tuesday night.

One takes places at K Street Lounge, 1301 K Street NW, from 6 to 10 p.m. with a suggested donation of $20.

The other celebrates JR’s Bar & Grill’s 25th Anniversary as well as what’s being called “Repeal Day.” From 10 to 11 p.m., JR’s, located at 1519 17th Street NW, will offer an open bar on rail vodka and draft beer to the general public, and a completely open bar for military personnel with an ID.

Log Cabin Republicans will celebrate the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as part of its annual “Spirit of Lincoln” dinner Tuesday. The event will take from from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW.

Servicemembers United is holding a repeal party at Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW, Tuesday at 7 p.m. Drinks are $3 all night with a military ID or coin.

In Virginia, the Arlington Gay Lesbian Alliance, the Arlington Democrats and the Arlington Greens will co-host a special karaoke event at Freddie’s Beach Bar, 555 23rd St. South in Arlington.

“Yes We Did! Karaoke — A Celebration of the Repeal of DADT” is free and will be held from 8 to 11 p.m.

Tell us: If you know of other DADT-related celebrations in the D.C. region, let us know in the comments below. And tell us how you’ll celebrate the occasion.

By  |  08:41 AM ET, 09/20/2011

 
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