With the end of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” on Tuesday, gay and bisexual troops will no longer be forced to hide their sexuality.

A plan to end the policy, which began as a compromise, was put in place by Congress last December.

More than 13,000 service members have been discharged from the military for violating the policy enacted in 1993 during the Clinton administration.

In interviews Sunday with several morning news shows, former President Bill Clinton kept mum about the upcoming milestone. Clinton had pledged to end the military policy that banned gay people from service, but instead he wound up with “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” – which prescribes discharge for gay service members who do not remain celibate or closeted.

Opponents of the law will gather on Tuesday to celebrate the law's demise at over 100 planned events.

“The repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is an historic milestone along the journey to achieving LGBT equality in America's military, and Tuesday is a monumental day for our service members and our nation,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). “Through these events taking place in every state across the country, we will pay tribute to their service and sacrifice as we look forward to this new era of military service – an era that honors the contributions of all qualified Americans who have served and wish to serve.”

In New York City, Speaker Christine C. Quinn will headline a 7PM event at the historic Stonewall Inn. Also attending will be Brenda “Sue” Fulton, executive director of Knights Out, and Darren Manzella, a former Army Sergeant discharged under the policy.

SLDN will host a K Street Lounge event in Washington D.C. that begins at 6PM. Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach and Major Mike Almy, who advocated for the law's repeal, will attend.

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy will headline a celebration in Philadelphia. Murphy, who spearheaded last year's effort in the House, will speak at the invitation of Equality Pennsylvania, the state's largest gay rights group, at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar. The free event begins at 5PM.

For other events, visit SLDN.org.