Rep. Quigley Administers Oath to Gay Serviceman Re-enlisting After Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- On Monday morning, October 24, Center on Halsted hosted Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) as he administered the re-enlistment oath to Lee Reinhart, the first openly gay man in Illinois to re-enlist in the U.S. Armed Service following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Reinhart, who recently moved to Ohio, is a long time resident of the Chicago area. He served in the Navy from 1995-1999. After September 11, Lee re-enlisted in the Coast Guard but was soon discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell due to his sexual orientation. An advocate for equal rights, Lee worked tirelessly over the last several years for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He is happy to return home to Chicago to receive the oath from Rep. Quigley. Rep. Quigley was not only instrumental in overturning the discriminatory law, but also personally assisted Reinhart with re-enlisting and discussed his story on the House floor during debate on the issue.

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s largest community center dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community. The Center recently hosted a color guard ceremony with the Chicago chapter of American Veteran’s for Equal Rights (AVER) following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. AVER, of which Reinhart is a member, hosts their regular meetings at Center on Halsted.