Chicago event to honor gay veterans
Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations will honor gay military veterans at an event in downtown Chicago.
"With Liberty and Justice for All" will be held on Aug. 5 at Richard J. Daley Plaza.
Organizers say the event is the country’s only municipally sponsored military salute to gay veterans.
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley is slated as a featured speaker. He has co-sponsored a bill that would repeal "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers.
The keynote speaker is a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and the U.S. Navy Diversity Senior Advisory Group.
Luke Visconti was on active duty as a naval aviator and commissioned officer with the Navy from 1982 to 1990, and in the reserves until 1992.