For the first time since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the entire military will be celebrating LGBT pride month this year. But it's the second year for a pride celebration at the naval base in Millington. In fact, the Millington base was the first-ever command outside of the Pentagon to host an LGBT Pride Month event last year.
June is nationally recognized as LGBT pride month, although the official city celebration isn't held until October. But on Thursday, June 26th, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South will host their second annual "Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month" event at 12:30 p.m. at the Helmsman Club on-base.
The keynote speaker will be retired Master Chief Petty Officer Tim R. McVeigh, the first active duty military member to succeed in judicially challenging his “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” removal. The celebration will also recognize the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Vocalists from the Navy Band Mid-South will perform.
The event will take place inside the gated installation, so it is only open to military members.