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San Diego sailor invited to White House ceremony marking gay pride month

SAN DIEGO – A sailor stationed in San Diego who started the first-ever military LGBT support group has been invited to attend a June 15 reception at the White House to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ann Foster enlisted in the Navy less than two years ago and while she was training in Chicago, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed. She got permission from her commanding officer to start a support group for gay servicemembers.

Now based in San Diego, Foster is planning to start a similar support group here and tells 10 News that she is already meeting with military leaders and spreading the word on base.

Foster’s efforts caught the attention of the White House, and she got a call a couple of weeks ago to come to Washington, D.C.

"It was a good thing I was sitting down, because I probably would have fallen over in shock," Foster told 10 News.

"It's rather overwhelming to know I'll be representing the entire branch of the Navy," Foster said.

The sailor said she plans to salute the commander in chief for his support of the LGBT community.

"I wish there was another word for 'thank you' to sum up how I feel," Foster said. "It's the deepest, most heartfelt 'thank you' I'll probably ever give anybody."

To read the 10 News story, click HERE.