News | May 21, 2018

Pride Month: June 2018

By Staff Sgt. Arlando Budd 633d Air Base Wing Equal Opportunity Office

The United States Air Force is a distinctive and decisive force due to our diversity; everyone has unique assets they bring to strengthen our nation.  

 

In June, the Department of Defense recognizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender service members and civilians for their dedicated service to both the DoD mission and our nation. The Air Force celebrates Pride Month because it allows the community to come together and recognize LGBT individual’s outstanding achievements and contributions locally, nationally and internationally.

 

The LGBT community has served and fought for this country, embedded in all branches of service.

 

The history of LGBT rights is extensive.  The Supreme Court accepted the case One, Inc. v. Olesen in 1958 where the FBI deemed One, Inc., a lesbian, gay and bisexual publication, obscene.

 

The Supreme Court did not agree. 

 

The LGBT Pride Month can be traced to 1969 when the Stonewall riots took place in New York City and became a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.

In December 1993, the DoD prohibited the U.S. military from barring applicants from service based on sexual orientation.

 

Additionally, in 2010, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act became law, allowing gays, lesbians and bisexuals to serve openly in the armed forces. Finally, on 8 Jun 15, DoD Directive 1020.02E was published to provide direction to ensure all service members are afforded equal opportunity in an environment free from harassment and unlawful discrimination, adding sexual orientation. In 2016, gender identity was included in the publication.  The work for inclusion has come a long way, but is far from complete.

               

The LGBT community has shown a vast amount of courage in which individuals should all take pride in for making our nation great. Let us celebrate their achievements that helped shape our country.  

 

Local resources include organizations such as lgbtlifecenter.org, which provide testing and wellness, transportation and housing assistance for the LGBT community.  Although not endorsed by Joint Base Langley-Eustis or the DoD, local events you can attend advertised on hamptonroadspride.org:

 

28 Jun: Hampton Roads Pride 2018 7th Annual Block Party

30 Jun: Hampton Roads Pride 2018 Pridefest

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