MacDill Air Force Base, Florida observes June’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, a month where the Armed Forces and Americans throughout the country celebrate those in the LGBT community whose struggles, sacrifices and successes have and continue to shape the history of this nation and remind everyone to stand for tolerance, justice and dignity.

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The month’s events are scheduled to begin with a luncheon at the base chapel on June 14, consisting of a panel of guest speakers who will share their personal experiences and create an question and answer session between panel and audience members. Individuals with base access are welcome to attend and lunch will be provided.

On June 29, a 5K color run is scheduled to be held at SeaScapes to conclude the month’s events.

“The purpose of these events is to celebrate our rich diversity, this is one of our nation’s greatest strengths,” explained Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Bendixson, the MacDill Pride Month Chairperson.

As the nation celebrates LGBT Pride Month, it is a time to reflect and celebrate.

“Pride month allows us to acknowledge the contributions LGBT members make to our military,” said Senior Airmen Courtney Chapa, a Pride Month committee member. “I think the Air Force is doing a great job in moving forward and recognizing the diversity of our service.”