U.S.

July 3, 2014

Base celebrates first LGBT Pride Month

Senior Airman Camilla A Elizeu
355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Desert Lightning Team Members celebrated LGBT Pride Month for the first time this June.

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

“LGBT Pride Month is our time to bring awareness and to take pride and acceptance of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity,” said Airman 1st Class Christiaan-Emil Guerra, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron electronic warfare systems team member.

This month also provides an opportunity for the LGBT community to make known the contributions and progress made by them locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed December 2010, and the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional June 2013. These changes allow servicemembers and federal employees that are part of the LGBT community the same rights as heterosexual marriages. Some of these rights include base housing, medical and survivor benefits. In tan effort to educate the base populous, the LGBT Pride Observance Committee is hosting an Informational Fair on June 27 at the Mirage Club from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

“The LGBT Informational Fair will have various legal, community, and base agencies to provide information and answer any questions. Commanders, First Sergeants, and Supervisors are urged to come by to learn what resources are available to their airmen. All are welcome, so please stop by,” Guerra said.

For more information about the committee contact Master Sgt. Taylor Barks at 228-1770.




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