Washington, D.C. -
One year after the Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed for the military, it will be hosting a Gay Pride Celebration, marking a major turn-around in how the military deals with its gay and lesbian members. Until recently, members who were discovered to be gay or lesbian were kicked out of the military, 13,000 since 1993 under a law congress passed called Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declined to give specific comments about the upcoming celebrations of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, but a spokesperson for Panetta said that Secretary Paneta feels it’s important to recognize the service of gays in the armed forces..
The proclamation that this is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month was issued by President Obama on June 1st.
The Military already has other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.