“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” HBO Documentary: Free Premiere Tonight

Next Tuesday is a big day for gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. But HBO documentary filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey want to celebrate a little early — with the world premiere of their documentary, The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't

Tell, tonight at the Castro Theatre at 7.

The two filmmakers — who have made almost two dozen other documentaries for HBO — will be in attendance at tonight's free-but-with-limited-seating event, along with documentary subject Aaron Belkin of SFSU and state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

The film will air twice on HBO, with the next showing on Sept. 20 — the day that the ban on gays serving in the military will be repealed. The repeal was signed into law last December, but hasn't been implemented yet.

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