Wall Street firms turned out in force Tuesday night to celebrate a political development that for some hit close to home: the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays serving in the military.

"When I entered the Air Force right out of college in 1986, I was asked about my sexual orientation and I lied," Andrew Sendall, a U.S. Air Force veteran and current director at Citigroup Inc.'s Global Business Resiliency Services told the crowd gathered aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.

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