FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE †††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††Date: April 4, 2002

Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

Mother to speak about sonís death in military gay-bashing incident

SPRINGFIELD Ė Dorothy Hadjys-Holman, whose son was brutally murdered because he was gay, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, in Public Affairs Center conference room C/D on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted.

Hadjys-Holmanís son, Naval Petty Officer Allen R. Schindler, Jr., was 22 when he was beaten to death in a public restroom by two of his shipmates in 1992. The attack was so vicious that every organ in Schindlerís body was destroyed and his mother had to identify him by the tattoos on his arms. A military reporter brought the truth to light when he wrote in Pacific Stars and Stripes that the crime was gay bashing. Although both killers were tried and convicted of murder by a military court, one received a very light sentence in exchange for implicating the other and served only a few days in prison. The second man, currently serving a life sentence at Ft. Leavenworth, was granted a clemency hearing every year and is eligible for parole this year.

The story of Hadjys-Holmanís fight to bring her sonís murderers to justice was portrayed in the recent film Any Motherís Son.

Her appearance at UIS is sponsored by the Springfield-West Central Illinois Chapter of PFLAG and co-sponsored by the UIS Diversity Task Force, ACORN Equality Fund, Springfield ACLU, Heartland Community MCC, Phoenix Center, and Prairie Flame.