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Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Records, 1877-2011

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Creator:
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Physical description:
7.5 cu. ft. : 23 boxes
Type:
Annual reports
Collection descriptions
Articles
Correspondence
Legal records
Legislative documents
Manuals
Memorandums
Periodicals
Press releases
Publications
Reports
Place:
United States
Date:
1877
1877-2011
20th century
Notes:
Founded in 1993, SLDN's principal objective was to overturn the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy prohibiting openly gay persons from serving in the armed forces. A non-profit, they provide legal services, attempt to ensure that discrimination cases are prosecuted, and attempt to educate the public and legislators on the issue of gays in the armed forces. In 2012, SLDN announced that it was merging with OutServe, and organization of active LGBT members of the military.
Summary:
The collection documents the organization, its work, and its efforts to have the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy prohibiting openly gay persons from serving in the U.S. military repealed. The collection includes correspondence, case files, briefs,memoranda, press releases, articles and clippings, annual reports, legislative documents, training and procedures manuals, legal records, reports, publications and periodicals.
Cite as:
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Records, 1877-2011, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Activism
Civil rights
Don't ask, don't tell (Military personnel policy)
Equality
Gay activists
Gay military personnel
Gay rights
Homosexuality
Lesbian and gay experience
Political activists
Sexual orientation
Local number:
2012.3105 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. As of October 2012 this collection is located at the Garber Facility, Building 19, Suitland, Maryland
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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