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Makin Island Sailors Show Their Pride

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Love these stories about the military and Pride. 🙂

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/239397/makin-island-sailors-show-their-pride

SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES

06.19.2017

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dennis Grube 

USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

SAN DIEGO — Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) celebrated Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month with an observance hosted by the ship’s Diversity Committee, June 19.

During the event, themed “Pride in All Who Serve,” Sailors and Marines recognized the accomplishments of the LGBT community and its contributions to the Navy.

Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Melson delivered the opening remarks.

“Pride Month shows the importance of diversity in our Navy, and how that diversity makes us stronger,” said Melson. “If you or your shipmates can’t serve while being genuine to yourself and who you are at your core, then it makes it hard to be an effective Sailor and war-fighter.”

The guest of honor, Command Master Chief (ret.) Kathy Hansen, spoke about her experiences in the Navy as a member of the LGBT community.

“I never thought I’d be able to talk to you today about LGBT pride, marry the person I love and actively serve in our military while being openly gay,” said Hansen. “There were a number of people discharged during my time simply for who they chose to love.”

Members of the ship’s Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors (GLASS) association shared their personal experiences with the audience and discussed historical facts of the Pride movement.

“It has been so incredibly humbling to be a part of GLASS and serve as its president, watching it grow from a small group of five people to over 40 members,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Rachel Koons, from State College, Penn. “Pride is about celebrating who you are and who you love. It’s amazing to live in a time where people can celebrate who they are and have the opportunity to serve their country as an openly gay person.”

Prohibitions for members of the LGBT community to serve in the military ended September 2011, after Congress voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

After taking the crew through her career during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Hansen left the audience with a final word of advice.

“Who you love doesn’t define the leader you will be,” said Hansen. “You should be true to yourself and okay with who you are no matter who you love. We, as a Navy and as human beings, should always treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of age, race or sexual orientation.”

Canada’s Navy urges sailors to attend Gay Pride parades in uniform

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Have I mentioned how much I love Canada?

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadas-navy-commander-directs-sailors-to-attend-pride-parades-in-uniform

CANADA, June 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd urged sailors last week to attend “Pride” events in uniform without any special permission to show that the Navy is “diverse” and “inclusive.”

“In an effort to epitomize diversity and inclusion,” Lloyd wrote in his directives, “the (Navy) encourages attendance to Pride events and authorizes the wear of uniform to participate in or attend the parade.”

The Navy commander said that effective immediately, Navy personnel no longer had to seek permission in order to wear their uniforms in homosexual “Pride” parades.

Lloyd marched in last year’s Pride Parade in Toronto. He told Canadian Press that he issued the directives after meeting with members of the LGBTQ community, who complained to him about Navy members needing permission to wear their uniforms in Pride Parades.

“They were speaking to the fact that you needed chain-of-command approval in order to wear a uniform,” he said.

“There is no reason why you should not be able to march in that parade in uniform if you should be so inclined. … I didn’t ask permission, and maybe I was supposed to. But it’s about being inclusive,” he added.

Now, following the Navy’s lead, Army General Jonathan Vance is planning on issuing similar directives.

National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier told Canadian Press that the military-wide directive is still being developed, but will likely look like the Navy’s directives.

“The Canadian Armed Forces recognizes that the strength of the team comes from the diversity of its people, which is why participation in Pride parades is absolutely supported.” he said.

Homosexual activists strategized decades ago that the best way to gain the public’s acceptance of their lifestyle and behaviors was to win support from corporations and all levels of public services, including police, firefighters, and military.

Honoring LGBT Service Members and Spouses in Military Appreciation Month

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As part of my “Men in Uniform…and Out” writing theme, and as a run-up to the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) later this month, I’m going to be posting some positive LGBT articles pertaining to the military. Enjoy, and feel free to share!

http://www.gaypopbuzz.com/may-military-appreciation-lgbt/

Millions Watch Hawaii Tourism Officials Surprise Gay Military Couple With Wedding

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As part of my “Men in Uniform…and Out” writing theme, and as a run-up to the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) later this month, I’m going to be posting some positive LGBT articles pertaining to the military. Enjoy, and feel free to share!

http://www.joemygod.com/2015/12/30/viral-video-millions-watch-hawaii-tourism-officials-surprise-gay-military-couple-with-wedding/

The reaction to a soldier and his boyfriend at a military prom shows how far we’ve come

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As part of my “Men in Uniform…and Out” writing theme, and as a run-up to the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) later this month, I’m going to be posting some positive LGBT articles pertaining to the military. Enjoy, and feel free to share!

http://www.upworthy.com/the-reaction-to-a-soldier-and-his-boyfriend-at-a-military-prom-shows-how-far-weve-come

Gay Couple Makes Navy History With ‘First Kiss’

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As part of my “Men in Uniform…and Out” writing theme, and as a run-up to the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) later this month, I’m going to be posting some positive LGBT articles pertaining to the military. Enjoy, and feel free to share!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/11/gay-couple-first-kiss-navy_n_6662828.html

Israel’s Top-ranking Military Lawyer: I Never Felt Discriminated Against for Being Gay

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As part of my “Men in Uniform…and Out” writing theme, and as a run-up to the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) later this month, I’m going to be posting some positive LGBT articles pertaining to the military. Enjoy, and feel free to share!

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.788430