WCQ257 Former Openly Gay Soldier Darren Manzella

Host: Amy Matheny with Kelli Simpkins

Amy and Kelli voted early! They talk to us on their way to see the fabulous Sandra Bernhard. The gals share thoughts on voting for the first African American presidential candidate and Election Day. Kelli also talks about Colin Powell's eloquent endorsement for Obama.

Guest: Army Veteran Sergeant Darren Manzella talks with Amy about the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy in the military. He shares his story about being gay, serving in the military as an openly gay soldier and the investigation that eventually led to his discharge from the Army. He now works with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), which is dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by DADT. For more on SLDN visit There is an event to support the repeal of DADT on Saturday November 8th here in Chicago, visit for more information.

Darren appeared on 60 Minutes to talk about Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Music Featured on This Queercast:
Prince - "We March"
Bette Midler - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"

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Jeff S: Hi Amy! I loved the show..And I hope Obama is called president by 10 pm..But, we need to gather the forces and have everyone vote..It means everything everyone..So, just do it....I like Kelli's comments as well..I would love a million ppl ...That would show the country is back in hands of the ppl and not the politicians and it will be a super week..I even feel the economy will bounce way up as well...Jeff

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