HRC Building Part of D.C.’s FotoWeek Festival
The Human Rights Campaign is using an annual Washington, DC, photography festival to showcase those at the center of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ debate.
This evening, the national LGBT rights group will display images of closeted gay soldiers serving under the 17-year-old law as part of FotoWeek D-C. The pictures–which are taken of servicemembers obscuring their faces so as to avoid dismissal–will be projected onto the exterior of HRC Headquarters in Washington D-C.
For HRC’s Michael Cole, the project couldn’t come at a better time, since many are hoping the policy will be repealed during Congress’ lame-duck session, which begins next week.
Cole: We’re in a critical time and this exhibition of Jeff Sheng’s beautiful photographs really put a human story on the issue of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and how it’s harming our men and women in uniform.
Cole says visitors will also be asked to sign a petition during tonight’s event, urging lawmakers to overturn the military ban.