Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-02-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Chicago veteran of Don't Ask, Don't Tell reenters military in wake of repeal
by Erica Demarest
2011-10-26

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email

      More Photos


Discharged veteran Lee Reinhart made history Oct. 24 when he became the first known openly gay man in Illinois to reenlist in the U.S. Armed Forces since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

"We should be proud of Lee and proud of our country," said Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Ill. ) , who administered Reinhart's reenlistment oath. "Dr. King had it right: 'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.' This is our country getting it right."

Reinhart served in the U.S. Navy from 1995 to 1999. After Sept. 11, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard but was quickly discharged under "don't ask, don't tell." Reinhart spent the next decade working with Quigley and fellow activists to achieve repeal.

"My earliest memories of him are testifying in front of groups like this about why this matters, and why he wanted to serve," Quigley shared. "It was voices like yours, Lee, that helped change policy to make our country greater."

A large group of activists, politicians, military personnel, family and friends gathered in the Center on Halsted Monday morning to watch Reinhart's ceremony. Smiling ear-to-ear as he signed his paperwork, Reinhart enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves, where he will serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year. He may also be called to active duty overseas.

After a moving rendition of "America, the Beautiful" from American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) Treasurer Travis and a brief introductory speech from Quigley, Reinhart took to the stage. He carried with him a tattered American flag.

"This is the flag that used to hang outside [ my grandparents' ] home," Reinhart said, "and this is the flag I used to march around with [ when I visited them as a child ] . So the love of the country has been there since I can remember, and I wanted to make sure this was here with me today."

Reinhart thanked his grandmother, mother and siblings, who had all driven to Chicago that morning to be with him, and shared that his grandmother wrote him letters almost every day while he was in the Navy. Reinhart said he still owns most of those notes.

He closed his remarks with a dream for the future.

"The most important thing about this day for me, is that my nieces and my nephew will grow up and hopefully realize their uncle had a small part of this history-making part of their country," Reinhart said. "I want them to know when they read the history books that their uncle had a part in that."

Illinois Reps. Deb Mell ( D-40 ) and Greg Harris ( D-13 ) attended the ceremony, as did several active naval officers. Among them: Reinhart's former shipmate Chief Warrant Officer Mike Landry, who talked with Windy City Times about post-"don't ask, don't tell" integration.

"This is really a nonissue for the military now," Landry said. "Right wing politicians have made it a big deal, but it really has been nothing to the military. I haven't heard any of the senior chain of command flinch at it. I haven't heard anybody from the younger troops complain about it."

Center on Halsted CEO Modesto Tico Valle and Chicago chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) President Jim Darby offered opening remarks. Audience members included representatives from the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Illinois.

To learn more about Reinhart's incredible story, check out: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

AG Lisa Madigan meets with advocates for hate crimes summit 2017-02-24
Major publications fail to identify anti-LGBTQ hate groups in coverage 2017-02-24
Atty Gen Madigan commits to protect trans students under Illinois Human Rights Act 2017-02-24
Local response to removal of TITLE IX trans protections, rallies planned 2017-02-24
Trump removes Title IX transgender protection, nat'l, local groups respond 2017-02-23
Title IX guidance for transgender students revoked, groups and leaders respond 2017-02-22
Rep. Chapa LaVia discusses run for Aurora mayor 2017-02-22
Aurora candidate Guzman talks staff experience 2017-02-22
Chicago literary initiative embraces exiled writers 2017-02-22
Dustin Lance Black on latest ABC project, When We Rise 2017-02-22
GUEST COLUMN Working with allies: Moving beyond the 'Kumbaya' in interfaith work 2017-02-22
#BlackLivesMatter co-founder kicks off Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference 2017-02-22
At Midwest BLGT, Ally College Conference, Gutierrez calls for unity in resistance 2017-02-22
At Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference, AIDS activist talks Trump-era organizing 2017-02-22
GUIDE TO THE GAYS Primary Feb. 28, general election April 4 2017-02-22
World news: French elections, Church of England, Bollywood actor 2017-02-21
Roe v. Wade plaintiff dies 2017-02-21
Quigley talks community, political resistance in the Trump era 2017-02-21
CHIRLA calls for response to Trump administration mass deportation dragnet 2017-02-21
Openly gay South Bend mayor seeks Democratic leadership post 2017-02-18
Attorney: Legal loss validates church-based conversion therapy 2017-02-17
NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids 2017-02-17
More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA 2017-02-17
LGBTQs join "A Day Without Immigrants," condemn raids on immigrant communities 2017-02-16
Immigrants march to protest Trump 2017-02-16
SPLC: Hate groups increase in second year, Trump electrifies radical right 2017-02-16
Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 2017-02-16
Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing 2017-02-16
800+ parents of trans kids sign HRC's letter to Trump on undermining protections 2017-02-15
Rep. Takano, LGBTQ groups speak out against Puzder for Labor Secretary 2017-02-15
In race for Atlanta City Council President Alex Wan gains Victory Fund endorsement 2017-02-15
Rep. Lipinski's votes on LGBT issues 2017-02-15
Chicago Dem Rep Dan Lipinski has mixed LGBT record 2017-02-15
LETTERS House of lies 2017-02-15
World news: Trans child bullied, Sapporo milestone, sauna deaths 2017-02-15
Bisexual candidate runs for Elgin Township supervisor 2017-02-15
National roundup: NBHAAD event, Philly news, Trump decision, HB2 appeal 2017-02-14
United Working Families endorses Berwyn United slate in 2017 primary elections 2017-02-14
EEOC files appeal in trans-related suit 2017-02-14
TRUST Collective-Chicago hosts retreat 2017-02-14
 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.