LGBT Pride Month
By Senior Airman Camilla A Elizeu, 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 26, 2014
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Desert Lightning Team Members celebrate LGBT Pride Month for the first time this June.
"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The Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed December 2010, and the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional June 2013.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 service members 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 an effort to educate the base populous, the LGBT Pride Observance Committee is hosting an Informational Fair on the 27th of June at the Mirage Club from 1100 to 1300.
"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.