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Watch LIVE: Pentagon Department of Defense LGBT Pride Event

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Scheduled to begin at 1 pm ET, General Counsel Jeh Johnson delivers the keynote address at the DoD's first Pride Month event at the Pentagon.

Watch a livestream of the event, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Program has ended. I'll post highlights if/when available.

File video may be running prior to the event.

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  1. Fantastic Andy, thank you.

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 26, 2012 1:33:32 PM


  2. Great! That's enough to give some right-wingers apoplexy. (we can hope...)

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | Jun 26, 2012 1:38:23 PM


  3. More Obama propaganda.

    Posted by: Jack | Jun 26, 2012 2:02:31 PM


  4. So happy I happened upon this posting as they were getting started. If you didn't see it live - find the replay - the 3 panelists were great.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 26, 2012 2:08:22 PM


  5. Wish my (ex)boyfriend was alive to see this. He'd be such a proud Marine. This is progress one step at a time.

    Posted by: PJ | Jun 26, 2012 3:26:56 PM


  6. thank you pj for you and your ex boyfriends amazing bravery!

    Posted by: Roxster | Jun 26, 2012 6:01:13 PM


  7. Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Jun 26, 2012 6:25:55 PM


  8. VIDEO AT:

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pentagon-Marks-LGBT-Pride-Month/10737431898-2/

    HERE'S A FACT CHECK: One genuinely wanted to believe that Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson would demonstrate today that he has grown from a transparently reluctant player in the repeal of DADT that he repeatedly showed himself to be in 2009 and 2010. But while praising how relatively smoothly implementation has gone [to the best of our knowledge], he began with a strange confession of sorts—or self-defense: “I do not consider myself an activist on the matter of gay men and women in America. We are all a product of our circumstances, and part of my circumstances include my formative years in the 1970s at Morehouse College, an all male, all black, Southern Baptist school.” He went on to tell of a colleague in the 1980s at their New York law firm who was gay but never personally told him. After learning from someone else, he asked his “good friend” why to which he replied, “Because I didn’t think you could handle it.” He said he’d often asked himself why over the next 27 years, but it didn’t “preoccupy me.” HERE’S A CLUE, MR. JOHNSON: maybe because you were obviously a bigot then, and much you’ve done recently suggests you still are.

    Take, for instance, his describing the resistance to repeal by Marine Commandant Amos—who infamously predicted that maiming and death in combat could result from its “distraction”—as merely an “honestly held, professional military” concern when, in fact, Amos, claimed he was basing his fear on the results of the Pentagon “study” [and STILL defends himself the same way] though there was NOTHING in the study to justify such an outrageous statement. Second, he repeated the Big Lie that extending more benefits to gay military couples is “complicated.” [SEE panelist's comment below.]

    When referencing today’s first-time event, Johnson—without acknowledging that there was NO reason observances for civilian Pentagon LGBT employees couldn’t have been held BEFORE repeal—said that, “in the military, individual personal characteristics are subordinate to the good of the unit and the mission, service above self.” Now, that’s sounds like standard operating procedure—UNLESS one knows—as JOHNSON does—that the DoD has an entire taxpayer-funded, multimillion dollar department, with its own campus on Patrick Air Force Base, and a staff of some 150 civilian and military personnel, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute [DEOMI], whose mission is to, quote, “maximize combat readiness” by “fostering positive human relations throughout diverse armed services” in terms of individual race, gender, ethnicity, and religious and political affiliation. DEOMI publishes its own magazine, brochures, and training manuals; produces videos, podcasts, satellite broadcasts, and materials for producing base “special observances” such as of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday, Holocaust remembrances, and Women’s History Month. Even AFTER today’s event began with videos of President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta praising diversity, and gay and lesbian service members’ contribution to the defense of our country, Johnson essentially said the event was for honoring what the INSTITUTION had done FOR gays. To him, it’s apparently only “Pentagon Pride Month” not “LGBT Pride Month.” And, with a very straight face, even though he was co-architect of the ongoing OFFICIAL POLICIES on inequality, he had the balls to close by claiming nongays had “welcome[d] their [gay] brothers and sisters to an UNCONDITIONAL place at the table.” In short: despite various paid Gay, Inc., mouthpieces recently shamelessly singing his praises, Mr. Johnson obviously remains a part of the ongoing problem not the solution.

    WHICH IS WHY the remarks of one of his gay subordinates on the panel that followed, Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Air Force Gordon Tanner, were such a breath of fresh air—and courage. Tanner dared spell out some of examples of the current “second class” status of gay and lesbian troops such as being arbitrarily denied access to base housing, and said that they had to be fixed, that there must be only “one class.” He was also extraordinary for repeatedly emphasizing how important it is for more and more gays, both in uniform and civilian DoD employees to “be as visible as we can be!” He said he understood that everyone comes from his or her own place of comfort, but that they must “stretch themselves a little” for the good of all. He said greater support for spouses of gay and lesbian service members is crucial. And he praised everyone who’d ever worked to end the ban: “We are standing on the shoulders of giants.”

    Gay panel member Capt. Matthew Phelps was also excellent, with a gift for being simultaneously moving and, yet, a Marine. He, too, spoke of how important it is for more to become visible, to become role models, and of both celebrating how far they’ve come while acknowledging how far they still have to go to for “full equality” in the military.

    Not unexpectedly, there was absolutely no mention by anyone of allowing transgender people to serve. But it’s just a matter of time, dinosaurs masquerading as allies like Johnson notwithstanding, before this foot in the door will force it open for everyone in our Community.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 26, 2012 7:33:35 PM


  9. VIDEO AT:

    http://www.c-span.org/Events/Pentagon-Marks-LGBT-Pride-Month/10737431898-2/

    HERE'S A FACT CHECK: One genuinely wanted to believe that Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson would demonstrate today that he has grown from a transparently reluctant player in the repeal of DADT that he repeatedly showed himself to be in 2009 and 2010. But while praising how relatively smoothly implementation has gone [to the best of our knowledge], he began with a strange confession of sorts—or self-defense: “I do not consider myself an activist on the matter of gay men and women in America. We are all a product of our circumstances, and part of my circumstances include my formative years in the 1970s at Morehouse College, an all male, all black, Southern Baptist school.” He went on to tell of a colleague in the 1980s at their New York law firm who was gay but never personally told him. After learning from someone else, he asked his “good friend” why to which he replied, “Because I didn’t think you could handle it.” He said he’d often asked himself why over the next 27 years, but it didn’t “preoccupy me.” HERE’S A CLUE, MR. JOHNSON: maybe because you were obviously a bigot then, and much you’ve done recently suggests you still are.

    Take, for instance, his describing the resistance to repeal by Marine Commandant Amos—who infamously predicted that maiming and death in combat could result from its “distraction”—as merely an “honestly held, professional military” concern when, in fact, Amos, claimed he was basing his fear on the results of the Pentagon “study” [and STILL defends himself the same way] though there was NOTHING in the study to justify such an outrageous statement. Second, he repeated the Big Lie that extending more benefits to gay military couples is “complicated.” [SEE panelist's comment below.]

    When referencing today’s first-time event, Johnson—without acknowledging that there was NO reason observances for civilian Pentagon LGBT employees couldn’t have been held BEFORE repeal—said that, “in the military, individual personal characteristics are subordinate to the good of the unit and the mission, service above self.” Now, that’s sounds like standard operating procedure—UNLESS one knows—as JOHNSON does—that the DoD has an entire taxpayer-funded, multimillion dollar department, with its own campus on Patrick Air Force Base, and a staff of some 150 civilian and military personnel, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute [DEOMI], whose mission is to, quote, “maximize combat readiness” by “fostering positive human relations throughout diverse armed services” in terms of individual race, gender, ethnicity, and religious and political affiliation. DEOMI publishes its own magazine, brochures, and training manuals; produces videos, podcasts, satellite broadcasts, and materials for producing base “special observances” such as of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday, Holocaust remembrances, and Women’s History Month. Even AFTER today’s event began with videos of President Obama and Secretary of Defense Panetta praising diversity, and gay and lesbian service members’ contribution to the defense of our country, Johnson essentially said the event was for honoring what the INSTITUTION had done FOR gays. To him, it’s apparently only “Pentagon Pride Month” not “LGBT Pride Month.” And, with a very straight face, even though he was co-architect of the ongoing OFFICIAL POLICIES on inequality, he had the balls to close by claiming nongays had “welcome[d] their [gay] brothers and sisters to an UNCONDITIONAL place at the table.” In short: despite various paid Gay, Inc., mouthpieces recently shamelessly singing his praises, Mr. Johnson obviously remains a part of the ongoing problem not the solution.

    WHICH IS WHY the remarks of one of his gay subordinates on the panel that followed, Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Air Force Gordon Tanner, were such a breath of fresh air—and courage. Tanner dared spell out some of examples of the current “second class” status of gay and lesbian troops such as being arbitrarily denied access to base housing, and said that they had to be fixed, that there must be only “one class.” He was also extraordinary for repeatedly emphasizing how important it is for more and more gays, both in uniform and civilian DoD employees to “be as visible as we can be!” He said he understood that everyone comes from his or her own place of comfort, but that they must “stretch themselves a little” for the good of all. He said greater support for spouses of gay and lesbian service members is crucial. And he praised everyone who’d ever worked to end the ban: “We are standing on the shoulders of giants.”

    Gay panel member Capt. Matthew Phelps was also excellent, with a gift for being simultaneously moving and, yet, a Marine. He, too, spoke of how important it is for more to become visible, to become role models, and of both celebrating how far they’ve come while acknowledging how far they still have to go to for “full equality” in the military.

    Not unexpectedly, there was absolutely no mention by anyone of allowing transgender people to serve. But it’s just a matter of time, dinosaurs masquerading as allies like Johnson notwithstanding, before this foot in the door will force it open for everyone in our Community.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jun 26, 2012 7:33:36 PM


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