2018 LGBT Pride Month

2018 LGBT Pride Month

During the month of June, the Department of Defense recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Service Members and civilians for their dedicated service to both the DOD mission and to our nation. Pride Month is an occasion that brings the LGBT community together with their family, friends, and allies to take pride in themselves and their many achievements. Since 1913 when the Army Regulations made identification tags mandatory, our nation’s Service Members have been identified by these tags. The design team showcased this symbol of patriotism honoring those LGBT members past and present who have fought bravely to protect our nation ensuring equality for all who call America home.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

June’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month hits close to home for Reshawanda Winecoff, a Robins’ Diversity Council member.

Winecoff, a student trainee working in Human Resources at the base, said her mother, an Air Force retiree, identifies herself as part the LGBT community.

"Being the daughter of a retired Air Force mother, I watched her hide who she was for most of her military career,” she said. “It’s important people are accepted and have the ability to celebrate who they are, not just one month of the year but every day."

Nearly 4% of the nation's population is openly LGBT, according to a recent study published by the Williams Institute.

Master Sgt. Aniya Lamyotte, LGBT Pride Month Observance Committee lead, said changing of Defense Department policies and directives has enabled LGBT people to be open.

Robins has an array of events to help people in the base community celebrate LGBT Pride Month.

14 June:  Bowl-A-thon (Base Bowling Alley)

22 June:  LGBT night hosted by Atlanta Braves (Committee will be coordinating the group tickets and organizing transportation)

29 June: 5K Color Run (Starting between the HAWC and Hannah Rd.)

Lamyotte said the committee will also hold a creative idea contest until June 8.

“We’re looking for contestants to create a legacy symbol that symbolizes and sets the example of pride, inclusion, and respect on behalf of civilian and military members that serve Robins,” she said.

The Pride Committee will select the winner and feature the winning design at the start of the 5K Color run.  

People can get involved and receive more information on specific events by contacting the Diversity Council or by contacting Aniya Lamyotte at aniya.lamyotte@us.af.mil.