CHARLOTTE — LGBT community members will gather across the Carolinas on Tuesday to celebrate the full repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), the 1993 U.S. statute that bans openly gay or lesbian Americans from open military service.
Community members will host a variety of celebrations. Some will gather for friendly bar events and others will host community conversations.
In Charlotte, a repeal party will be held at 7 p.m. at The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave. At nearby Davidson College, members of the campus’ LGBT student organization will host a “Bar-B-Queer” at 5:30 p.m. at Davidson College Amphitheatre. Free BBQ, beans and cake will be provided.
In Columbia, S.C., the Harriet Hancock Center Foundation and South Carolina Equality will host a community vigil at Memorial Park, Gadsden and Hampton Sts., at 7 p.m. Afterward, a celebration will be held at 8 p.m. at BLUE Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 721 Lady St., Suite A.
At North Carolina State University in Raleigh, photographer Jeff Sheng will be on hand at an exhibit of his portraits of “DADT Heroes.” The event will be held 1-3 p.m. at 3118 Talley Student Center, 2610 Cates Ave. Later that evening, a celebration party will be held in nearby Durham, 7 p.m., at Alivia’s Durham Bistro, 900 W Main St.
Special celebrations will also be held in Fayetteville, home to North Carolina’s Fort Bragg. There, the Quaker House of Fayetteville will host a panel with local clergy discussing the potential impact of DADT repeal on church ministry. The panel will be held at 1 p.m. at Melchor-Quick Meeting House, 699 Country Club Dr.