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Marine Corps Celebrates LGBTQ Diversity with Inclusive Post

Friday June 26, 2020

Earlier this month the Marine Corps issued a force-wide message in recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pride month, the Marine Times reports.

"During the month, we take the opportunity to recognize our LGBT Service Members and reflect upon the past. We celebrate their successes and recognize the contributions they have brought to our Corps. This year we celebrate the ten year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT), the MARADMIN message states.

"The Marine Corps is committed to living the values we defend and treating everyone equally, and with dignity and respect. As such, the Marine Corps takes pride in building strength through diversity. The Corps is dedicated to promoting a professional environment free from personal, social, or institutional barriers that prevent Marines from reaching their full potential. This June, Commanders and leaders are encouraged to take time to recognize the 2020 LGBT Pride Month, and promote participation in observance events throughout their local communities," the statement concludes.

The release authorized by Brigadier-General D. L. Shipley, Division Director, Manpower Plans and Policy.

Though released earlier this month, the release got attention when the Facebook page for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, posted a picture to honor pride month and LGBTQ Marines.

"This year we celebrate the ten year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell". The Marine Corps takes pride in building strength in our diversity," reads the text that accompanied the U.S. Marine Corps graphic by Staff Sgt. Rebecca L. Floto.

"The post attracted attention, and as of Tuesday afternoon had more than 1,800 comments and 1,500 shares," reports the Marine Times. The responses were overwhelmingly positive, but there were negative ones.

Both negative comments were answered forcefully by Marine Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Yarbrough, a communications officer for the recruit depot, who came up with this great line:

"No heterosexuals were kicked out due to sexuality. The policy was terrible and needed to go away."

More than 13,600 service members were kicked out of the military for their sexuality under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, according to the MARADMIN.

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