Pentagon declines to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month for first time since 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

Pentagon declines to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month for first time since 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
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The Pentagon has declined to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month for the first time since the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy during the Obama administration, according to The Washington Post.

The publication reports that the Pentagon did not issue a memo marking LGBT Pride Month, which is usually circulated annually at the beginning of Pride Month in June. 


The memo's absence has reportedly caused concerns among those in the armed forces who are concerned about President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE's announcement last year that he would block transgender individuals from serving in the military.

In addition to the absence of the memo, no senior-level Defense Department officials made public remarks marking the month. 

However, the LGBT group at the Defense Department put on an event at the Pentagon on Monday, according to The Post. 

The Pentagon told the publication that the Defense Department supports diversity of all kinds, but did not reveal why the memo was not issued this year.  

“The Department of Defense supports diversity of all kinds across our military and we encourage everyone to celebrate the diversity of our total force team. ... We value all members of the DOD total force and recognize their immense contributions to the mission," Air Force Maj. Carla Gleason said in a statement. 

The president's policy on transgender individuals serving in the military has earned Trump intense criticism from the LGBT community. 

Trump in March signed a memo banning most transgender troops from serving in the military, and giving Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump's 'Enemies List' — end of year edition The US can't go back to business as usual with Pakistan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike MORE and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenUS to restart 'Remain in Mexico' program following court order Far-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won't work Ex-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP MORE “authority to implement any appropriate policies concerning military service by transgender individuals.”

The ban aims to reverse a 2016 policy signed under former President Obama that allowed transgender troops to enlist, serve and seek medical treatment.

Over 100 members of Congress have urged Mattis to reverse Trump's policy.