Navy Secretary Calls on Gays and Lesbian Vets to Have Military Records Corrected

Naval Secretary Ray Mabus
Naval Secretary Ray Mabus

The Pentagon held its fifth annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride ceremony Wednesday. The Washington Examiner reports,  Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called on gay and lesbian veterans who received a less-than-honorable discharge under the old ban on gays serving openly in the military to have their records corrected to reflect they served honorably.

Speaking at a Pentagon event recognizing the service of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military members and Defense Department civilians, Mabus said the Navy can change their service record.

“If you were discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ come in,” Mabus said. “The Board of Corrections of Naval Records will take a look at changing that discharge characterization.”

Mabus noted that just five years ago, when the ban on gays serving openly was still in effect, an event like Wednesday’s LGBT Pride Day at the Pentagon would not have been possible. READ MORE

The Defense Department has yet to introduce a policy change that will allow Transgender individuals allow to serve openly: More HERE.


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