Pentagon to hold its first ever Gay Pride event
Rainbow flags have become a symbol of LGBT pride (Getty Photo)
June 14th, 2012
06:44 PM ET

Pentagon to hold its first ever Gay Pride event

By Larry Shaughnessy
CNN Pentagon Producer

The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will be commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride later this month. The event will be the first of its kind for the Pentagon.

"The Defense Department is planning an LGBT Pride Month event for later this month," Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Laniez said in a statement issued Thursday.

Press Secretary George Little said senior Defense Department officials will take part in the event, but had no other details.

Just a year ago, a member of the military faced punishment or discharge if he or she admitted being homosexual, but last September the administration scrapped the policy known as "don't ask don't tell."

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  14. Tom

    I have never ever said anything like this, but I am so glad my time in the service is over. Almost embarrasing to admit I was part of it.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  15. Christian

    This country is damned, and going straight to the burning pits of Hell. The Bible says be ye not fooled, for God is not mocked: That which a man soweth, so shall he also reap. A day is coming, yea, burning like an oven... Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of The Holy Ghost!

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  16. Serge

    Pentagon is so gay!!

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  18. Michelle Koelbl

    Well done, Pentagon.
    This is a great, great thing.

    June 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  19. khmichalak

    Hallelujah! Finally witnessing our country to begin openly celebrating ALL the rights protected by the brave souls in service. Powerful to see an acknowledgement that who we LOVE has no bearing on the ability to serve in WAR

    June 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  20. jez

    I think this is great! America is supposed to be an open, tolerant, and ground-breaking country. If gays want to serve in the military, one of the most harsh "jobs" imaginable, they deserve their day in the sun. Bully for them!

    June 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  21. straighttalk

    this is pathetic. nonesense. do they not have more imporatnt things to used on this could be well spent on defense or reduce defense budget/ imrpove US debt conditions, etc.
    do we even know what are we doing to US.

    June 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  22. Hahahahahahahahha

    And they invited Douch Limpjaw as Master of Ceremony. Hahahahahahahahaha

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  23. Bo

    I agree with the first statement, however not the second.
    "Straight day" has been celebrated every day since DADT came into effect.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  24. Portland tony

    OMG. Pentagon is supposed to be planning for our national defense. Other than possible recruitment purposes, celebrating a social issue is nonsense and a possible moral buster for the entire military. When was "Straight" day celebrated?

    June 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply

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