From The Center

In Memory of Seaman August Provost

Last week a 29 year-old gay, African-American servicemember, Seaman August Provost, was brutally murdered at Camp Pendleton. His partner learned the news from a member of the news media. No one should find out about a loved one’s death in this fashion. But those who love gay servicemembers live with this horrible consequence of being forced to serve in silence: because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” they may not be notified of their loved one’s status. Our hearts break for Seaman Provost’s partner.

The board of directors, staff and volunteers of The San Diego LGBT Community Center join SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network), AVER (American Veterans for Equal Rights), DODFedGlobe, The North County LGBT Coalition, and all in the San Diego community as we offer our condolences and support to Seaman August Provost’s family, partner and friends.

Whether the facts ultimately prove that this was a bias-related crime or not, a young serviceman has been murdered in a horrible fashion, and we honor his service to his country and mourn his loss and the loss of his family, friends and partner. We join SLDN, AVER, and Congressmembers Davis and Filner in their call for a thorough and open investigation into the murder and all of its circumstances, and for full disclosure of any and all findings related to the death of August Provost.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) been in contact with the family, has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy and has been in contact with senior flag officers at the Pentagon, as well as the White House, to attempt to ensure a full and open investigation, and disclosure of any information related to the murder, who committed it and the circumstances surrounding it.

SLDN is asking that any servicemembers, gay or straight, who have information related to the murder contact the legal department at SLDN, BEFORE GOING TO THEIR COMMAND, for a free and confidential consultation about their rights as they relate to confidentiality, immunity and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

A candlelight vigil will be held in memory of Seaman August Provost on Friday, July 10 at 7:30 pm outside Camp Pendleton (at the corner of Monterey Dr. and North Coast Highway). A “community funeral procession” will meet at The Center at 5:30 pm and proceed to Camp Pendleton. To take part in the North County procession, email info@northcountycoalition.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, call (760) 672-1848 or visit one of the following websites.
Also, from Facebook:

VIDEO: August Provost Memorial Vigil in Oceanside Friday (2min)

Candle Light Memorial Vigil for Seaman August Provost
7:00 – 6:00 pm Friday, July 10, 2009
1300 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

San Diego, CA: Caravan Funeral Procession to Oceanside, meet at the LGBT Center at 5:30PM. Departure at 6PM.

Vigil in San Francisco, CA Facebook Event:

Vigil in Sacramento, CA Facebook Event:

Vigil in Clovis, CA Facebook Event:

Dallas/Fort Worth August Provost Memorial Page on facebook:

Flickr: August Provost Memorial and Online Vigil: