Chu holds town hall on 'don't ask don't tell'


Posted: 06/01/2010

Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, is holding a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the "don't ask don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

The policy bans gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces. It has resulted in more than 10,000 service members being discharged after their sexuality became known, according to Chu's office.

The House of Representatives, including Chu, voted Friday to repeal the policy.

At the town hall, Chu will be joined by a panel of former service members and experts on gays in the military, including former Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Landavazo, who is currently a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy; Alexander Nicholson, former Army Interrogator and current executive director of Servicemembers United; Jarrod Chlapowski, former Army Korean linguist, current policy advocate for the Human Rights Campaign; and Dr. Gary Gates of UCLA School of Law.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Grace Black Auditorium, 3130 N. Tyler Ave.