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NEWS | June 3, 2014

JBLE celebrates Pride Month

By Senior Master Sgt. Sonya Hildebrand 633rd Air Base Wing Equal Opportunity

President Barack Obama issued his annual proclamation this month proclaiming June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In it, he highlighted the progress in courtrooms throughout the nation toward marriage equality and other proactive causes like the fight against bullying and harassment of LGBT Americans.

The Department of Defense recognizes the continuous achievements and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Service members and civil service employees.

"This month, as we mark 45 years since the patrons of the Stonewall Inn defied an unjust policy and awakened a nascent movement, let us honor every brave leader who stood up, sat in and came out, as well as the allies who supported them along the way," Obama said. "Following their example, let each of us speak for tolerance, justice and dignity -- because if hearts and minds continue to change over time, laws will too."

The last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as Gay Pride Day. In major cities throughout the nation the day grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, these events attract millions of participants across the world. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally. The observation is about taking a stance against discrimination and violence toward LGBT individuals, and promoting equality, dignity and a respect for sexual differences.

Last year, the Office of Diversity Management and Air Force Equal Opportunity added LGBT Pride Month as an annual observance to be celebrated by military and civilian members of the U.S. Armed Forces. During the month of June, everyone is encouraged to recognize the accomplishments of all members of our workforce and what this particular group of individuals has helped us achieve by their service to our country.

The Langley LGBT committee will host an Amazing Race Event on June 20. Teams of two will compete for a special prize and trophy. There will also be prize giveaways during this month's LGBT Trivia Contest. For more information or to volunteer, contact the following personnel:

Staff Sgt. Adrianne Richard - (757) 225-0822

Staff Sgt. Shalayne Dulan - (757) 225-6560

Staff Sgt. Jessica Ventura - (757) 225-0365