silent partners screening, an evening with lt. dan choi

The lovely Lynn Chen informs of a new film, Silent Partners, premiering this week in Los Angeles. It's part of a documentary series, In Their Boots, about the impact the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are having on people here at home. Silent Partners looks at the hidden effects of the U.S. military's 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy through the eyes of three partners of deployed service members:
"Silent Partners" is a moving story about the same-sex partners of three American service members whose lives are shrouded in secrecy because of our military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. While these partners make the same courageous wartime sacrifices as our nation's military spouses, they are denied basic benefits like next-of-kin notifications, deployment counseling and access to military support networks. This injustice is compounded by the reality that mere knowledge of the partners' existence will lead to the service member's discharge. "Silent Partners" is a powerful look at the unexpected consequences of love, commitment and patriotism while our nation is at war.
There will be a screening of Silent Partners this Thursday, July 16 in Los Angeles. The film will be presented by Lt. Dan Choi, who was recently discharged from the United States Army as a result of the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy. Here are the event details:
Silent Partners - An Evening with Lt. Dan Choi

Thursday July 16, 2009
Backstage Theater at Sony Pictures Studios
10202 W. Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA
7PM Reception
8PM Screening

Q & A session immediately following the film
This event is FREE and open to the public

Complimentary parking available at the Madison Gate
Photo ID will be checked at the gate against the RSVP list
Click below for map of parking lot entrance:
This screening of Silent Partners is sponsored by n Their Boots, Knights Out, Servicemembers United, Equality California and API Equality-LA. RSVP for the event here. You can watch a preview of the film, which was recently featured as a New York Times Op-Ed video, here.

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