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Gay and Lesbian Public Servants pull double duty during Police Week 2010

(04-19-10) -- Police Week in Washington DC each May is a week to remember peace officers throughout the United States who have given the ultimate sacrifice while wearing a badge and uniform. For gay and lesbian peace officers and service members who are also public servants, will have two missions to accomplish May 13-May 17.

Protect and Defend is an organization that has peace officers, firefighters, EMT’s and paramedics who are gay, lesbian. Many serving in silence, the organization serves as a support group for its membership which is now at 400 members in 31 states. The membership also consists of service members who serve in silence in the United States Armed Forces.

Protect and Defend logo GOAL Mid Atlantic is based in the greater DC area and shares the same mission. Coming together for the first time, these two organizations are hosting a joint fundraiser at Remington’s Bar located at 639 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, Washington DC 2003-4303 ) on May 14 2010. Raffle Prizes and giveaways from cities far and away will be auctioned off by the members. Giveaways and some great entertainment is lined up for the many patrons at Remington’s Bar that evening.

Gay and Lesbian Police officers and firefighters will be wearing protect and Defend T Shirts and social passes showing their affiliation with the groups. Members are asked to come out and support the efforts of Protect and Defend and GOAL Mid Atlantic by coming to Remington’s Bar, visiting our public safety station and bringing friends to the event who may qualify for membership. Proceeds from this event will go to the DC Chapter of COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). A recruitment booth will be giving away gifts and prizes. Meet peace officers and firefighters from California, Virginia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, New York and much more!

LGBT Members will also be at EFN Lounge/Motley Bar (1318 9th NW 9th Street NW Washington) on Thursday evening from 1000 PM until Midnight.

For more information about Protect and Defend or to get event information, please check out our website at www.protectanddefend.org or call our 24 hour voice mail system 213.403.0405. Protect and Defend and GOAL Mid Atlantic welcome all members of the public and of our professions to join us for a fun filled evening of laughs and fun at Remington’s on May 14, 2010 from 9:00PM until Midnight, come meet your public servants from throughout the country!


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