Tuesday, April 20, 2010

VIDEO: Dan Choi, other gay rights activists arrested after chaining selves to White House fence

"Six people in military uniforms, including Lt. Dan Choi, handcuffed themselves to the North Lawn fence of the White House (SEE VIDEO BELOW) today to protest the fact that the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has not been repealed," reports CBS. "U.S. Park Police cleared the area and used chain cutters to place the demonstrators under arrest. GetEQUAL, which appears to have organized today's action, posted a statement calling on President Obama to repeal the policy immediately through action connected to the upcoming Defense Authorization Bill. GetEQUAL identifies the six protesters as Choi, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, Petty Officer Larry Whitt, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen, Cadet Mara Boyd and Cpl. Evelyn Thomas. Pietrangelo was arrested with Choi last month as well." READ MORE

Police banned reporters from the scene of the protest and closed Lafayette Park, Politico's Ben Smith reports, an unusual move that one reporter deemed "ridiculous." (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

Last night, GetEQUAL activists heckled Obama at Senator Barbara Boxer's fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Dan Choi speaks while handcuffed to White House fence (Tuesday, April 20th, 2010)

White House closes Lafayete Park due to DADT protesters, kicks out media (Tuesday, April 20th, 2010)

GetEQUAL is an lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer activist community. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBTQ community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL visit www.getequal.org