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SLDN to host annual fundraiser soiree Thursday in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) will host its annual San Diego Soiree on Thursday, Nov. 3, to raise money for the organization's work.

Since the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy went into effect on Sept. 20, SLDN has continued working to ensure that the armed forces are a safe, welcoming place for LGBT servicemembers.

The organization provides legal advice and representation for LGBT servicemembers, fights to ensure that LGBT servicemembers are not discriminated against; works towards equality of support and benefits; and fighting for the rights of transgender individuals to serve openly.

SLDN also announced on Thursday the filing of landmark federal litigation, suing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, on behalf of current and former service members seeking equal recognition, benefits and family support for equal sacrifice and service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The plaintiffs, each legally married, want the armed services to recognize their families and seek the same family support and benefits for their same-sex spouses that the services and Department of Veterans Affairs provide to opposite-sex spouses.

The Soiree will be held at the Mission Hills home of Dr. Edward Chang and Michael Magee from 6-8 pm.

The minimum contribution to attend is $125 with additional support categories available.

For more information or to RSVP, click HERE.