As transgender ban looms, Pentagon takes a noticeable step back from recognizing LGBT+ Pride

Each year since Barack Obama ended “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” senior officials at the Pentagon have sent out a memo endorsing the observance of LGBT+ Pride Month. But in 2018, no such memo was released.

The absence of a Pride Month memo has raised questions amongst employees of the Defense Department who are troubled by the Trump administration’s disregard for the wellbeing and safety of the LGBT+ community.

Nevertheless, the Defense Department’s LGBT employee group held its own event in recognition of Pride Month last week. For the first time since 2012 however, no high-level members made public remarks recognizing the event.

In addition to not publishing a memo, it appears that the Defense Department website has taken Pride Month off its list of 2018’s official observances. Among their recognized observances are: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Holocaust Days of Remembrance, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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