The Newsletter of American Veterans For Equal Rights New York
A Gay. Lesbian. Bisexual. Transgender. Two Spirit. People of All Colors, Veteransí Association

Vol. 2

August 2004



You donít have to ask, weíre telling



The New York chapter of AVER meets on the second Sunday of each month, at 2 PM, at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan, 208 W. 13th St, just west of 7th Ave. Additional local chapters are forming in New Jersey and Philadelphia.

is in the process of becoming AVERís newest chapter to serve our LGBT veterans in the Garden State. You can meet the founding members of NJ AVER at our booth at Jersey City Pride on August 28th, at Exchange Place Ėon the waterfront, Jersey City, NJ. For further information about NJ AVER, please e-mail: lgbtnjaver@yahoo.com

Plans are also in the works to form an AVER chapter in Philadelphia. Those interested in a Philadelphia AVER chapter should contact AVER Region 1 VP Denny Meyer at: glbtvetsnyc@yahoo.com or telephone 718 849-5665.

NYC Council Resolution: After a yearlong campaign by AVERNY, a New York City Council resolution has been introduced to put the City on record as demanding an end to the discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Look for news on this in the coming weeks and passage in Autumn.

Parades: AVERNY has had a fabulous Pride Parade season this summer, marching proudly in the Queens Pride Parade and the Heritage of Pride Parade in Manhattan with our biggest contingent ever. We also joined in the alternative, fully inclusive, St. Patrickís Day Parade in Astoria Queens. Thanks to all those who marched and worked to make it all possible. Our next, and most important, parade will be the Veterans Day Parade on November 11th on 5th Avenue in Manhattan where we will proudly march under the American and Rainbow flags. To sign up to march in the AVER NY Ė NJ contingent in the Veterans Day Parade, please call us at 718 849-5665.

Donations Desired: American Veteran for Equal Rights New York is dedicated to assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender American armed forces veterans in obtaining their Veterans Administration medical and other benefits. AVERNY also works constantly to educate elected officials and the public about the one million living LGBT American veterans who have honorably and bravely served our country in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf I, Afghanistan and even now in Iraq. We urge an end to the Donít Ask, Donít Tell policy and provide social events, outreach and social services referral to isolated senior LGBT veterans, as well as outreach, encouragement, and referrals to current active duty and recently released LGBT service-members and their partners. Our parade marching provides a deep sense of personal pride for our veterans and visibility that acknowledges and affirms our service. We meet on the second Sunday of each month at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. AVERNY is a non-profit 501c3 organization. To support our work with a donation, please contact us at: 718 849-5665, glbtvetsnyc@yahoo.com or write to us at: AVERNY, POB 150160, Kew Gardens, NY 11415.