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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta releases historic Pride VIDEO message

The Human Rights Campaign and other LGBT groups are commending U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for releasing a historic video message to members of the military commemorating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, which takes place each June.

COMMENTARY: An open letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about military sexual abuse

Changes announced this week, while clearly acknowledging the depth of the problem, do not go far enough to solve it. Our military culture is based on the chain of command, which in most instances is vital to meeting our missions, but with cases of sexual assault and rape we believe that complete command discretion has hindered justice being served.

SLDN to host annual fundraiser soiree Thursday in San Diego

Even after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is still hard at work making sure that the LGBT servicemembers are protected. The soiree will help raise money so that SLDN can continue this work.

Defense Secretary: DADT repeal bring us closer to equality and dignity for all Americans

Read the historical DOD transcript as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak on the occasion of the repeal of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented open service for gay and lesbian troops.