Thirteen gay rights activists were arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The demonstration was organised by the GetEQUAL campaign for gay rights and led by Iraq veteran Lt Dan Choi.
Those arrested included Choi, eight veterans and a Catholic priest. Civil rights activist, writer and speaker David Mixner told LGBTPOV upon the 17th Anniversary of the first DADT White House arrests:
“There was no question among those of us arrested that DADT was a horrible policy. Am extremely proud of doing the right thing then and extremely proud of those doing the right thing today.”
This action culminates one day of advocacy for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal.