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VIDEO: White House honors Military Acceptance Project as Champion of Change

WASHINGTON -- The White House today honored San Diego-based Military Acceptance Project (MAP) for its work in the LGBT and military communities.

The ceremony, which was streamed live earlier this morning, was part of the White House's Champions of Change Program that highlights individuals and organizations doing extraordinary things. The event was followed by a panel discussion featuring MAP and other groups.

“We are humbled to be selected as a Champion of Change,” said Kristen Kavanaugh, executive director of MAP. “This honor belongs as much to the LGBT service members, veterans and their families we serve as it does to us. We share it with them and believe it will do much to further the cause.”

“I am both honored and proud to be part of an organization that is working toward real and sustained progress in today’s military, and to be recognized as Champions of Change,” said Adam Christ, a Navy veteran. “It’s a true testament to our ongoing evolution in the United States that we now honor the contributions of LGBT service members when less than a year ago they had to serve in silence.”

Christ was one of the LGBT service members and veterans that were featured in the Military Acceptance Project’s submission to the White House’s LGBT Pride Month Video Challenge.

The Military Acceptance Project and other Champions of Change are featured on a special White House website.