Fort Hood will host its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month observance next month, as directed by the Defense Department.
“We recognize gay, lesbian and bisexual service members and LGBT civilians for their dedicated service to our country; the heroic contributions made by these Americans strengthen our national security,” wrote Clarence A. Johnson, director of the DOD’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, in a memo. “During the month of June, let’s rededicate ourselves to equity, dignity and respect for all, and celebrate the diversity of the DOD workforce.”
Fort Hood’s celebration is June 25 with guest speaker Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, U.S. Army Reserve deputy chief of staff.
The American Military Partners Association praised the department for its actions.
“The observance ... is yet another example of the tremendous amount of progress our community has made over the last couple of years thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates and the leadership of the administration,” said Stephen Peters, president of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. “Although not addressed in today’s announcement, it’s important to note that our transgender service members also heroically serve our nation. We look forward to the day when they no longer have to serve in silence like our gay and lesbian service members had to not too long ago.”