Hagel Praises LGBT Community At Pentagon Pride Event

“Now they can serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect,” he said. “This makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger.”

HagelBy William McDonald

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised gay and lesbian military personnel for their service during an event held at the Pentagon on Tuesday celebrating June as gay pride month.

Hagel is the first sitting Secretary of Defense to speak at such an event.

During his speech to a room of about 250 military personnel, Hagel singled out Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, both of whom are the first openly gay personnel in their positions.

“Now they can serve openly, with full honor, integrity and respect,” Hagel said. “This makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger.”

Fanning, the highest-ranking member of the LGBT community in the military, spoke at the event about his personal experience.

“It was hard 20 years ago to hear how people talked about gays and lesbians in such blistering and emotional ways — about individuals who wanted nothing more than the right to serve their country while also being honest about who they were,” Fanning said. “It was hard to imagine we’d ever be where we are today.”

 

About TRNS Washington Desk

View all posts by TRNS Washington Desk
TRNS Washington Desk
News updates from on and around Capitol Hill.

One Response to “Hagel Praises LGBT Community At Pentagon Pride Event” Subscribe

  1. ralphie44 June 26, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    welcome to the jeu world order

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

The World in 2:00 – July 31, 2015

The World in 2:00

Beijing wins the 2022 Winter Olympics, Rio’s water is filthy ahead of next year’s Summer games and an Ebola vaccine is announced.

Energy Sec.: Iran Deal ‘Will Certainly Go Into Effect’

The Energy Cabinet member took to the White House press poduim in a push to roundup public support of the Iran deal

State Releases Second Batch Of Clinton Emails

Hillary Clinton holds her first town hall meeting event of the 2016 campaign in Dover, New Hampshire. July 16, 2015. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

The State Department originally said it would release all of the emails at once sometime in early 2016, but was quickly rebuffed by a court order.

Charleston Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Mourners comfort each other following the massacre late Wednesday night in Charleston, SC. (Photo courtesy of the King Center)

If convicted, Roof could face the death penalty.

Obama Signs Highway Trust Fund Extension, Scolds Congress

“It’s a bad way for the US Government to do business,” Obama said.

Poll: Seniors Back Hillary Clinton

Jeb Bush and real estate tycoon Donald Trump trail at 12 percent and 11 percent.