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Official support missing from Pentagon LGBT pride observance, AMPA comments
From an American Military Partner Association press release
2018-06-13

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According to the Washington Post, official support for Pride events at the Pentagon have been missing in 2018 for the first time since the practice began during the Obama administration. Pride events had been listed among official celebrations and a memo of support had been issued every year. LGBT groups in the Pentagon proceeded with events but high level speakers did not participate this year.

The American Military Partner Association issued this statement:

"The refusal to officially acknowledge pride month this year is deeply troubling, and whoever made the decision to break with this important tradition should be ashamed," said American Military Partner Association ( AMPA ) President Ashley Broadway-Mack. "This lack of official support emboldens those within the military who want to silence our families and push us back into the closet. The thousands of LGBT service members and their families who had to serve in silence in the past, sacrificing far more than should ever be asked, deserve better than to be treated this way. Despite this shameful lack of leadership, we encourage LGBT service members, their families, and allies around the world to hold pride month observances on their local installations again this year, helping to highlight the importance and strength of diversity, the obstacles we have had to overcome, and the pride we have in service to our great nation."

The Washington Post story is here:

www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-transgender-ban-looms-pentagon-leaders-distance-themselves-from-lgbt-pride-events/2018/06/11/1551bc1c-6d82-11e8-9ab5-d31a80fd1a05_story.html .


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