History of Gays in the Military—PICTURES

June 15, 2012, 6:23 a.m.

In re­cog­ni­tion of Gay Pride Month, the Pentagon re­leased a video ad­dress of De­fense Sec­ret­ary Le­on Pan­etta thank­ing gay and les­bi­an ser­vice mem­bers. The ad­dress comes about nine months after the “don’t ask, don’t  tell” policy, ban­ning gay act­ive-duty mem­bers from serving openly, was re­pealed.

The story began in Decem­ber 2010, when Con­gress of­fi­cially re­pealed the policy, but it re­mained in place un­til Sept. 20, 2011. To cel­eb­rate Gay Pride Month, we’ve put to­geth­er a gal­lery of gays in the mil­it­ary.