Pentagon To Celebrate First Gay Pride Month
With gays and lesbians now allowed to serve openly, the military has decided to mark gay pride month just as it marks celebrations honoring other groups, reports AP.
Defense Department officials say that the details are still being worked out, but the military plans to soon hold its first event ever honoring the contributions of gay service members.
“Now that we’ve repealed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “feels it’s important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops,” said a Navy spokesman. A co-director of OutServe, a formerly clandestine association of gay service members, says there has been tremendous progress in acceptance of the community, and points out that the rank and file now understands the inequality military gay couples still face regarding spousal benefits for same-sex partners, which the Pentagon is currently reviewing.