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CORAL SEA (June 28, 2017) Sailors cut a ceremonial cake during a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month celebration on the mess decks aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cameron McCulloch/Released)
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Bonhomme Richard Celebrates LGBT Pride Month
​​​Sailors and Marines came together on the mess decks of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month celebration, June 28.

The celebration covered the history of LGBT rights and related civil rights movements. The event was hosted by Bonhomme Richard's heritage and diversity committee, and featured several speakers and special presentations.

Among the Sailors and Marines in attendance was Supply’s S-8 Division Officer Lt. j.g. Jaime Jackson, who reflected on the significance of celebrating progress within our society.

“It is important that we continue to celebrate the heritage of the LGBT community so that we can see how far we’ve come as a nation and a military,” said Jackson. “We celebrate all of the victories towards equality, but never forget the struggles of those who have fought and continue to fight for LGBT rights, human rights.”

As the event’s guest speaker, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Tameka Seymore performed an original piece of spoken word poetry which she prepared specifically for the celebration.

“LGBT rights in the military used to be such a sensitive subject. Now the month of June is openly recognized and celebrated in the military as LGBT Pride Month,” said Seymore. “I'm honored to be a part of a military that is constantly moving forward with equal opportunity.”

Initially established as "Gay and Lesbian Month" by Presidential Proclamation in 2000, LGBT Pride Month recognizes the accomplishments of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Bonhomme Richard, flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready-response force for any type of contingency.

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