At least one Marine Corps unit has sent out a message reminding troops of pride month. It includes a copy of a Pentagon-developed poster, titled “Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month June 2013.” The red, white and blue poster contains quotes from Mr. Obama’s statement on Sept. 20, 2011, the day the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy officially ended.
The Marine email says: “As we recognize Pride month, we thank all of our gay and lesbian service members, LGBT civilians, and their families for their dedicated service to our country. Before the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ they faithfully served their country with professionalism and courage. And just like their fellow service members, they put their country before themselves. And now — after repeal, they can be proud of serving their country, and be proud of who they are when in uniform.”
The Pentagon issued a gay pride directive May 31 to all troops via each branch’s personnel chief.
It says the Department of Defense “joins the Nation in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month during the month of June,” wrote Clarence A. Johnson, director of the Pentagon’s office of diversity management and equal opportunity to the military’s personnel chiefs.