25 Jun '16, 9pm

#DoDPride

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), assigned to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG), is celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. June is the nationally recognized month for LGBT Pride in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. On June 2, 2000, President Clinton issued a proclamation recognizing June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. The Department of Defense memo signed May 13, 2014, officially recognizes Pride month for the armed forces to highlight the contributions of LGBT military and civilian members. Sailors aboard Mason were asked what LGBT Pride Month meant to them. "It feels good that I have never had to hide myself," said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Matthew A. Schaefer. Schaefer enlisted March 2013 after "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed in 2...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=95382

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