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Gay Protest Awaits Obama in L.A.

Gay Protest Awaits Obama in L.A.

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Hoping to encourage movement on the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the gay advocacy group GetEQUAL is protesting at President Obama's appearance in Los Angeles on Monday.

Obama is in the city to raise money for the reelection of California's Democratic senator Barbara Boxer. The president, landing in the city around 3 p.m. Pacific time, will then helicopter to the California Science Center, near downtown Los Angeles. There, the GetEQUAL protest will greet him in time for the start of the 4:30 p.m. fund-raiser.

Lesbian activist Robin McGehee is expected to lead the protest, the aim of which is to put pressure on the president to include the DADT repeal in the defense authorization budget bill that will soon be sent to Congress. While the president has committed to repealing the ban on openly gay service members, GetEQUAL is concerned that the repeal may not happen this year.

Click here to read more about GetEQUAL.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.