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Pentagon plans to hold Gay Pride month event

Pentagon is planning to hold an event celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)
Pride month.

The move comes less than a year after the Defense Department’s “Don’t ask,
don’t tell” policy toward gay and lesbian service members was repealed.

{mosads}Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said the Pentagon is
planning its first event for LGBT Pride month, which will be
held later in June. Details about the event had yet to be finalized, she said.

The event for Pentagon employees comes
after the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the 1990s policy wherein gay service members could be kicked
out of the military if they disclosed their sexual identity, was repealed last

The repeal, passed by Congress in the 2010 lame-duck session, has been implemented thus far with few reported issues from the
U.S. military.

The repeal of DADT was one of President Obama’s biggest policy victories for the gay-rights community.

Obama issued a presidential proclamation at the start of the
month declaring June LGBT Pride month, where he talked about the repeal of DADT.

“Because we repealed ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell,’ gay, lesbian,
and bisexual Americans can serve their country openly, honestly, and without
fear of losing their jobs because of whom they love,” Obama wrote.


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