It was an historic day when the policy referred to as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was repealed. LGBT service members who were in the military no longer had to make the choice between hiding their true identities or losing their military careers.
But today, there’s another milestone that will likely not be as celebrated as the repeal of DADT. For the first time, a U.S. Secretary of Defense not only acknowledged the contributions of LGBT service members but also acknowledged them in the context of Gay Pride month.
The Pentagon has even announced its own gay pride event – a panel discussion to talk about issues affecting gay and lesbians in the military.
When DADT was thrown out, there was still some lingering suspicion that the military perhaps would not fully understand how important this issue was or would, at best, begrudgingly go along with it while maintaining its existing less-than-open-minded internal way of doing business. But it now seems like (as some had always said) that the full and open integration of lesbians and gay men in the military would just be taken as a matter of course.
In gay pride month, that’s definitely something to be proud of.