Does the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military impact LGBT youth?

Yes, it does.

For many young Americans, military service is a way up and out of poverty and a way to pay for college. Those options are currently closed to LGBT youth who are living in poverty or need help paying for college. So the ban on openly gay service members does impact LGBT kids in real and sometimes profound ways.

And, of course, government-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people — adults and youth — legitimizes anti-gay attitudes and empowers the bullies.

DADT may come up for a vote TONIGHT in the U.S. Senate. If you live in Maine, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Missouri, West Virginia, Arkansas and Illinois, we need you to contact your senators as soon as possible.

Call 202-224-3121 RIGHT NOW and ask to be connected to your senator.

Below are the key Senators who need to hear from repeal supporters now. Please spread the word to everyone you know in these states:

—Susan Collins (R-ME)

—Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

—Richard Lugar (R-IN)

—Judd Gregg (R-NH)

—Scott Brown (R-MA)

—George Voinovich (R-OH)

—Kit Bond (R-MO)

—Joe Manchin (D-WV)

—Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

—Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Call 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senator.

Thank you.