About 50 service members representing all five branches of the U.S. military, along with members of the U.K. military, gathered to recognize LGBT Pride Month at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan.
The hour long program began with a dual rendition of the National Anthem sung by U.S. Marines 1st Lt. Skye Martin and Lance Cpl. Aubrie Hepler. There followed a reading of President Obama’s LGBT Month Proclamation and a selected top 10 list of historic LGBT moments.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Aaronchristian Abreu, an openly gay service member, said: “It is celebrating and recognizing that our gay, lesbian, and bisexual brothers and sisters who can now serve freely without the fear of reprisal due to their sexual orientation. Recognizing the LGBT community shows that we are setting the example to our civilian counterparts and that we do not discriminate".