As Pride Month becomes more recognized around the world, more institutions offer support for the LGBT community. In December of 2011, President Barack Obama signed a repeal of the "Don't ask, Don't Tell" ban into law, 3 years later, the U.S. Navy celebrated Pride. This June the crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) along with Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, celebrated diversity while making a statement about the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals into the U.S. Military.
"Lesbian and gay service members have been, and are, an integral part of America's armed forces - even as they served in silence," said Lt. Cmdr. Randolh Chestang, executive officer (CG 58). "Today, we all stand equal. We fight for the same cause and we all represent the Navy's values of honor, courage and commitment. The Sailor's Creed represents both the promise of loyal, honorable service of all U.S. Sailors, and as an affirmation of the commitment to treat all Navy shipmates with respect and fairness."
"Being a part of what could be the very first LGBT heritage month celebration held on
a U.S. Navy warship was an honor and a huge step for not only the LGBT community, but the armed forces as a whole," said Costantino, who serves as an openly gay Sailor.
USS Philippine Sea (CG 58):
Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan:
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