OutServe Praises Defense Secretary for Pride Statement

Calls Panetta message “historic,” a “tribute to military values”

WASHINGTON, June 15 – Today, OutServe, the association of actively-serving LGBT U.S. military personnel and one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world, praised Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s LGBT Pride message. The Secretary issued a video message to all Defense Department employees commemorating June as LGBT Pride Month, and recognizing gay and lesbian military members as well as LGBT civilian employees of the Pentagon.

“This historic video confirms the message that the military supports all service members and civilian employees, based on their merit,” said Josh Seefried, Co-Director of OutServe. “This is a tribute to our core military values: respect and integrity. If there is any remaining doubt that the military has executed DADT repeal with excellence, and that LGBT people are serving our country with honor, Secretary Panetta has firmly put that to rest.  This is leadership directly from the top.”

Watch the video:

More on the Secretary’s message at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116755

About Sue Fulton

Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton is a 1980 West Point graduate; former Army Captain; Executive Director of Knights Out; and Founding Board Member and Communications Director of OutServe.

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