In 2013, former president Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Month and Al Udeid Air Base celebrates the month.
Openly serving is something that has not always been celebrated. People often wonder, if pride is celebrated for the LGBTQ community, why isn't it celebrated for the straight community? Well it all stems from the history of pride.
According to the Human Rights campaign, Pride began in New York in 1970 as a result of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. The riots lasted about three days and were some of the most defining instances of LGBTQ people resisting against police discrimination. It provided a place to be one's most loud, proud, and free self. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the riots and the community fights to this day to love whom they love, openly.