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Pentagon to hold its first Gay Pride event

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer
updated 7:46 AM EDT, Fri June 15, 2012
The Pentagon, where homosexuality was cause for discipline until recently, will hold a Gay Pride Month event in June.
The Pentagon, where homosexuality was cause for discipline until recently, will hold a Gay Pride Month event in June.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Pentagon plans an event to mark LGBT Pride Month
  • Senior Defense Department officials will take part in the event, a spokesman says

Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Defense announced Thursday that it will be commemorating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride later this month. The event will be the first of its kind for the Pentagon.

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"The Defense Department is planning an LGBT Pride Month event for later this month," Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Laniez said in a statement issued Thursday.

Press Secretary George Little said senior Defense Department officials will take part in the event, but had no other details.

Just a year ago, a member of the military faced punishment or discharge if he or she admitted being homosexual, but last September the administration scrapped the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."

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