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Defense Dept. Posts LGBT Pride Posters in Pentagon


Todd Breasseale, LTC, US Army, at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) sent Towleroad a copy of the posters that are going up around the Pentagon TODAY, following Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's historic video last week.

Writes Breasseale to Towleroad: "This is a really big deal.  Nearly 20 years in the Army, this July, and I never - EVER - thought I'd see this day come. I'm deeply proud of the Department as a whole and of the individual senior leaders who have tackled this issue head-on and determined that equality is both a force multiplier and the right thing to do.  The Defense Department has a long history of leading in terms of equality an inclusion.  This is another example."

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  1. Change.

    Posted by: JigsawFalling | Jun 18, 2012 2:13:08 PM

  2. It's all tumbling down at the speed of light........the more of us that are out, the more Moms and Dads and brothers and sisters will speak up for their gay brother/sister/son/daughter....
    I never thought it would happen so fast.....

    It's all happening...and NOM and OMM will feel the chill of their bigotry being exposed as the tide retreats.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 18, 2012 3:17:14 PM

  3. Next, we must install a gay defense secretary and a peppering of some gay generals. Well done to The Pentagon.

    Posted by: HEYDRICHMULLER | Jun 18, 2012 3:55:25 PM

  4. Elaine and Tony are going to have kittens. Kittens I tell you!

    Posted by: Giselle | Jun 18, 2012 5:22:07 PM

  5. last year we threatened morale

    this year diversity is one of their greatest strengths

    Posted by: t | Jun 18, 2012 6:11:55 PM

  6. i'd lov to buy a copy of the poster. Send it to friends serving overseas. Is it avail?

    Posted by: grego | Jun 18, 2012 7:34:38 PM

  7. Interesting poster. I am sure all of the of the openly transgender service members were thrilled. Oops. Maybe not so much. Kind of funny what happens when those letters roll off the lips without much thought to the meaning...

    Posted by: Sharon Brackett | Jun 18, 2012 7:49:57 PM

  8. Love this. So very needed
    we're gay and here to stay

    Posted by: Scott Landores | Jun 18, 2012 10:19:41 PM

  9. This historic! The poster honors the total force military and civilians.

    Posted by: Michael Francis | Jun 18, 2012 10:55:34 PM

  10. Wow! This is awesome in so many ways. I'm totally delighted to see this news!

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 19, 2012 1:23:13 AM

  11. If I had seen this ten years ago -- no, even two years ago -- I would have thought this was a joke. Truly amazing and hope-producing.

    Posted by: k | Jun 19, 2012 1:32:55 AM

  12. The Pentagon is Murder Inc, for the rich. Always has been, always will be.

    "I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents."

    USMC Commandant and Major General SM Butler, at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. By the end of his career, he had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to twice receive the Medal of Honor, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only man to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions." Wiki

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 19, 2012 3:42:46 AM

  13. Perdue - One very old former Marine who makes a death-bed recant of things about which he feels guilty in order to ease his mind prior to death is hardly representative of a force that has been the greatest force for the implementation of good, the world has ever known.

    Oh, and for the record, it's impossible for a 2-star Major General to be the Commandant, since that's a 4-star position - always has been. Wiki really isn't the best thing to use, if you're going to launch an ad hominen attack on an organization with which you have no experience dealing. Using Wiki for ad hominen attacks on an organization about which you clearly know so very little is not typically the best way to position an argument.

    Posted by: The Other Todd in DC | Jun 19, 2012 9:54:17 AM

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