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Gates, Mullen to testify on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

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Both the top uniformed leader and top civilian leader at the Pentagon will testify at the end of this month before Congress on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Bryan Thomas, a committee spokesperson, said Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has made arrangements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of Joint of Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen to testify on the issue, although an exact day for the hearing hasn’t been scheduled.

Sen. Levin said we have not yet set a date for the DADT hearing, but we are looking for a date that works in the last few days of January,” Thomas said. “He also said the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be present.”

What the officials will say on the 1993 law banning gays from serving openly in the U.S. military is unclear. Thomas said he doesn’t know how Gates and Mullen will testify on the issue and deferred comment to the Pentagon.

Cynthia Smith, a Defense Department spokesperson, said she was unaware of any commitment from Gates to testify on the issue.

If what you’re saying is true, he will … give the testimony on the Hill at that time,” she said. “I don’t have any more information.”

A spokesperson for Mullen, Capt. John Kirby, said he “will not get out ahead of the Chairman’s testimony to Congress.”

The Advocate first reported this week that Levin was working on plans to have hearings on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by the end of the month.

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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Choose in dozens of categories among hundreds of nominees, and make your voice heard!

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Nominate the ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ now!

Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

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