“I have not felt discriminated against because of my sexuality. I’m glad that today’s military is moving toward acceptance,” said Franklin, NCO in charge of administrative services for the Air and Cyberspace Intelligence Group. “To me, Pride Month is a celebration in which people of all sorts embrace being and loving who they are. It is also a month to remember the hardship that members of the LGBTQ+ community have endured throughout history.”
Events happening around Wright-Patterson AFB in support of Pride Month include:
· Pride Month kickoff – Head out to the Wright-Patt USO on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fellowship, refreshments, music and games to kick off a week of events to celebrate Pride Month. The USO limit is still capped at 35-40 people, but there will be overflow seating on the patio.
· Pride Month guest speaker – Join Illinois House Rep. Marie Newman at 2 p.m. June 23 for a Zoom chat about her experiences with inclusivity and LBGT issues. Meeting ID: 161 706 3366. Passcode: 325077.
· WPAFB Pride 5K fun run/walk – The Air Force Research Laboratory’s LGBTQ Resource Group is hosting a 5K fun run/walk in celebration of Pride Month. The event will take place June 24 at 3 p.m. on Huffman Prairie Flying Field. All WPAFB personnel and their families are welcome to participate. Additional details, including a course map and required free registration, are available at https://pride.dayton.run.