Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nick A. Grim

BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) hosted a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride month observance on the barge mess decks, June 16.

The event, a collaboration between John C. Stennis’ Multi-Cultural Heritage Committee (MCHC) and Gay, Lesbian, and Supporting Sailors (GLASS), included guest speakers and a musical performance.

“This is an opportunity for us to come together to recognize and honor the rich diversity and leadership of all LGBT individuals,” said MCHC President Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Destiny Berthoud, from Atlanta.

This is the second Pride observance onboard John C. Stennis, the first observance was held last June following President Barack Obama’s proclamation designating June as LGBT Pride month.

“Speaking at this event and being able to talk about the LGBT community openly inside the military is such a huge step forward,” said Lt. j.g. Jamie Moroney, from Atlanta, an LGBT ally and divisional officer aboard Stennis, “I hope we continue to have these events, and continue to share these so that we never forget what came before.”

The 2016 observance also marked the introduction of GLASS onboard John C. Stennis as a peer-to-peer group for LGBT Sailors and supportive members.

“Pride isn’t just about LGBT, it’s a time to be proud who you are; gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, we are all different,” said GLASS President, Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Black, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

It is through events such as this, and other MCHC events, that the Navy demonstrates the diverse cultures that make up our Navy as well as our country.

John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.

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