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.”

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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As a retired soldier, I find this issue to be over exposed. Like others, why do we need this. I simply do not see how a government or anyone else can legislate moral beliefs. If that be the case then rewrite the bible or disband religion. I have always thought and taught, "Be yourself, respect others and DO NOT step on others rights". It's that simple. Why not White People, or Midget Month. We are a county of PEOPLE not Groups. Well said ImJustSaying.


Why? Why do we have to make one group of people stand out over others? First and foremost they are soldiers. I do not give two flying fig newtons if you are straight or otherwise. Live you life and stop shoving your choices in everyones face. So when are we going to have a straight soldier observation month just for that purpopse .... being straight. If one wants to stop being looked at through a magnifying glass, do what you do and stop shining the spotlight on yourself. I am sure that not before long there will be a draft because too many people are being turned off by this new direction that is being taken. Just be YOU .... and serve. It has been like this for the longest and seemed to be working well

Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er

@ImJustSayin....I couldn't agree more with you...well said!

Bottom line...we are all humans.
I think to put everyone in their own little boxes causes more problems than good.

This is directed by the Defense Department...hmm.
Who is wanting votes...


Thank you, I am against discrimination - period - but I think that the more of a difference is being made, the more it hurts the issue.
Teach acceptance, tolearance and let these men and women do what they signed up to do .... serve, right next to each other regardless of their differences and see each other as brothers and sisters.
We need cohesion ........

Michael Holtz

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