The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on April 4, 1993 · 28
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8-FloridaMetro The Tampa Tribune-Times, Sunday, April 4. 1993 f 9,GF BUT? Athl I pi' 5 TODD L. CHAPPELTribune photo Desert Storm veteran Scott Boykins speaks at a rally favoring the lifting of the military's ban. Gay-rights bus tour rolls into Tampa By DEANNA BELLANDI Tribune Staff Writer TAMPA Kevin Klahr of Largo served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force before he retired last year at the rank of captain. Now Klahr, who was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, is fighting to lift the military ban that forced him, along with other homosexuals, to lead a secret life or else face being drummed out of service. "Gays and lesbians can, are, and will be professional military people in the service of our country," he said. Klahr was one of the speakers at an afternoon rally at the University of South Florida to show support for lifting the ban on homosexuals in the military. The rally was sponsored by the Campaign for Military Service, a coalition put together to raise support for homosexuals and bisexuals in the military. The coalition has organized a six-week bus tour nf eav and lpshinn veterans who will tour 32 cities and 24 states. Tampa was the group's 19th stop since setting out last month from Minneapolis. "The policy banning gay men and lesbians from active duty is one that discriminates and is based in prejudice," said Tanya Domi, a 15-year Army veteran who rose to the rank of captain before she resigned in 1990. About 15 people turned out for the 2 p.m. rally. Organizers said the turnout was small because they didn't have enough time to get the word out. But those organizers and spectators who turned out were committed to getting the ban lifted. "It's blatant and totally obvious discrimination," said Pamela Morris, co-chairwoman of the USF Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Coalition and a sophomore at the university. One gay veteran at the rally spoke of the interrogation and search of his belongings by Navy officials on the hunt to find out if he was gay after his name was turned in by another sailor. "The captain found me guilty of being gay," said Scott Boykins, a former Navy seaman apprentice and Desert Storm veteran. Boykins, who now lives in Los Angeles, said he received an Other Than Honorable Discharge in 1992. "I had a good record," he said. "I was a good sailor." Alan Stephens, a former Army captain, said he resigned in 1988 af-, ter realizing he was gay. "I didn't want to try and hide my life," said Stephens, who worked as a military intelligence officer. Stephens, who is a schoolteacher in Baltimore, said he hopes the bus tour raises awareness about homosexuals. "I think it's important to show gays and lesbians reflect society and we're in all walks of life and we are America," he said. knee pain? Because we only treat knees, we can locus all our attention on treating knee pain. 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