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Pentagon to Celebrate Pride Month

Pentagon to Celebrate Pride Month

 

The Pentagon has announced that it will officially honor the contributions made by its now openly gay service personnel in its first ever celebration of June Pride Month.

Reports the AP:

Details are still being worked out, but officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to honor the contributions of gay service members.

“Now that we’ve repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ he feels it’s important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops,” said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman.

This month’s event will follow a long tradition in the Pentagon of recognizing diversity in America’s armed forces. Hallway displays and activities, for example, have marked Black History Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

Not even a full year has past since the military’s 18-year “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule was repealed. The rule prevented, under threat of discharge, gay soldiers from being open about their sexuality.

Earlier this year, military officials issued a statement confirming there has been no evidence of negative repercussions from allowing gay servicemembers to serve openly.

Equality is still not fully within grasp however because servicemembers in same-sex couples can’t yet access the military spousal benefits and rights that are afforded their heterosexual counterparts. This is because the Defense of Marriage Act bans the federal government, and therein the military, from recognizing same-sex marriages.

Also, while this Pride Month celebration will honor openly gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers, trans servicemembers still cannot be enumerated as they could be discharged under separate rules.

President Obama declared June to be Pride Month, kicking off a series of events including a White House Pride celebration.

 

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1:10PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thanks Steve for the good news Steve and for posting the article.

4:01PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

Yippee and it's about time!

1:22AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

A step toward sanity? Are The Republicans slowly losing their power to force their paranoid, hysterical stupidity on the rest of us and our government? I may not be coming in off of the ledge just yet, but at least I'm getting less motivated to jump.

1:26PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Thank you! It's the right thing to do.

12:52PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Congrats!!!

12:22PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

All I can say is that giving the military a task and they certainly get it done. The military has shown once again that all citizens can be a productive part of any community. Thanks for showing our nation the way forward.

10:33AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

One governmental agency at a time......... ;o)

8:16AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Like they have something to be proud of......

6:44AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Even the military celebrates the Pride of the Yankees, Lou Gehrig. As you can tell I am all for pride month but am upset that it's taken so long to happen and this type of event should have never been necessary in the first place. The main problem with evolution is at times it can be very slow.

6:28AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

Thank you for the article...

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