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Academy celebrates LGBT Pride Month

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation, May 31, 2016, designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. On Sept. 20, 2011, the "don’t ask, don’t tell" repeal went into full implementation, allowing lesbian, gay and bisexual service members to serve openly in the U.S armed forces. (Courtesy photo)

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation, May 31, 2016, designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. On Sept. 20, 2011, the "don’t ask, don’t tell" repeal went into full implementation, allowing lesbian, gay and bisexual service members to serve openly in the U.S armed forces. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Throughout the year, we celebrate the richness of our diversity and the power of inclusion which make us the world’s greatest Air Force. In June, we observe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The Defense Department's theme for this year’s Pride Month event is "Celebrate.”

I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with you at several events at our nation’s premier institution where we will pay tribute to outstanding Airmen who have committed themselves to this honorable profession of arms. Our Airmen have a steadfast belief in the equal dignity and fair treatment of all people. You are champions of the Air Force core values and I am proud of you and the leadership you display in promoting a culture of commitment and a climate of respect. This month, we celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our unyielding belief in the equal dignity of all Airmen.

Also, let us remember our brothers and sisters who are deployed to various locations around the world defending democracy, preserving peace and fortifying freedom. Please keep them and their families in your hearts and thoughts.

We are all brothers and sisters in this wonderful Air Force family. So, I celebrate with you the great diversity of our Air Force and the proud legacy LGBT Airmen have woven into the fabric of the profession of arms. Thank you for treating cadets, Airmen and families with dignity and respect.


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Academy celebrates LGBT Pride Month

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation, May 31, 2016, designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. On Sept. 20, 2011, the "don’t ask, don’t tell" repeal went into full implementation, allowing lesbian, gay and bisexual service members to serve openly in the U.S armed forces. (Courtesy photo)

President Barack Obama signed a proclamation, May 31, 2016, designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. On Sept. 20, 2011, the "don’t ask, don’t tell" repeal went into full implementation, allowing lesbian, gay and bisexual service members to serve openly in the U.S armed forces. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Throughout the year, we celebrate the richness of our diversity and the power of inclusion which make us the world’s greatest Air Force. In June, we observe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The Defense Department's theme for this year’s Pride Month event is "Celebrate.”

I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate with you at several events at our nation’s premier institution where we will pay tribute to outstanding Airmen who have committed themselves to this honorable profession of arms. Our Airmen have a steadfast belief in the equal dignity and fair treatment of all people. You are champions of the Air Force core values and I am proud of you and the leadership you display in promoting a culture of commitment and a climate of respect. This month, we celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our unyielding belief in the equal dignity of all Airmen.

Also, let us remember our brothers and sisters who are deployed to various locations around the world defending democracy, preserving peace and fortifying freedom. Please keep them and their families in your hearts and thoughts.

We are all brothers and sisters in this wonderful Air Force family. So, I celebrate with you the great diversity of our Air Force and the proud legacy LGBT Airmen have woven into the fabric of the profession of arms. Thank you for treating cadets, Airmen and families with dignity and respect.