The first-ever event in honor of the Pentagon's military gay lyric passed on a wave and was filled with memories of the more difficult for gay and lesbian times, but did not suit everyone present.
"Three years ago, many of us, and myself included, it was hard to believe that in 2012, homosexuals or lesbians serving in the armed forces, will be able to speak honestly about their sexual orientation," — told the crowd of several hundred at the Pentagon is a main Defense Counsel Jay Johnson.
His speech was preceded by appeals to the audience of President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Johnson noted that the right and the gradual introduction of a law allowing the military to disclose their orientation without fear, has reduced the risks of the new rules to naught.
"As our military to adapt to change? Better than we thought. I attribute this to the strength of our military, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard officials ", — said Johnson.
However, some of the attendees noted the absence of senior Pentagon ceremony.
"It would be nice of them — to come. The leaders — they must be leaders in everything, "- the words quoted by the media one of the guests.
Another even said that military leaders have not been enthusiastic about the idea of the walls of the Pentagon's such an event, despite the fact that other agencies such as the CIA, and conduct them on a regular basis for many years.
"It's like a silent protest," — he said.
At the end of December 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a historic law to repeal the law, introduced under President Bill Clinton and nicknamed Don't Ask Don't Tell («Do not Ask, Do not Tell"). The essence of the repealed Act was the fact that gays and lesbians are allowed to serve in the U.S. military, but at the same time not disclose their sexual orientation, and military commanders — to ask questions about it. Homosexuals are seen as legitimate and hypocritical many years sought the right to speak freely about their sexual orientation, even in the service. Since September 20, 2011, sexual orientation can not be grounds for denial of the right to serve in the army.
In June, many U.S. cities are gay parades, many restaurants and clubs are decorated with rainbow flags, and politicians vying speak out in support of gay rights. The event at the Pentagon was part of the "month of LGBT" (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).
Recently, President Barack Obama made a splash, saying he supports same-sex marriage. In addition, a special declaration to the beginning of "LGBT month", he recalled the benefits of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
"Thanks to the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell American gays, lesbians and bisexuals can serve their country openly, honestly and without fear of losing their jobs because of who they love," — he said.