Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month event in the Pentagon Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett will be the keynote speaker and Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning also will deliver remarks. Acting Secretary Fanning is the first openly gay official at the Pentagon. Today’s celebration marks the second time in history that a LGBT Pride event is being held in the building. The event will be covered live on the Pentagon Channel.
In case the Proposition 8 or DOMA case decisions are not rendered today, tune in.
Image of Secretary Hagel is via the Department of Defense.
Tanya L. Domi is the Deputy Editor of the New Civil Rights Movement. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and teaches human rights in East Central Europe and former Yugoslavia. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi was a nationally recognized LGBT civil rights activist who worked for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force during the campaign to lift the military ban in the early 1990s. Domi has also worked internationally in a dozen countries on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media development, human rights and gender issues. She is chair of the board of directors for GetEQUAL. Domi is currently writing a book about the emerging LGBT human rights movement in the Western Balkans.
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