By Sunnivie Brydum
Originally published on Advocate.com June 11 2014 1:45 PM ET
A new organization for LGBT members of the military and their families is spreading a message of inclusion and acceptance throughout all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces — starting from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif.
Founded in February, the LGBT Alliance for Service Members/Personnel & Their Families bills itself as the first private organization recognized by the Department of Defense exclusively for the LGBT community and its allies.
The organization welcomes members of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or service status, including military spouses, families, allies, and active-duty or retired service members. While the group's mission statement explicitly mentions the community at Travis Air Force Base, a new video from alliance members makes clear that the group hopes to foster acceptance, understanding, and cooperation throughout all branches of the military.
In video released on the group's Facebook page Tuesday, members of the LGBT Alliance proudly recite their names, rank or connection to the armed forces, and offer their reasons for joining the Alliance.
"After 'don't ask, don't tell' was repealed, I decided to join the LGBT Alliance to be able to live my life authentically and truthfully as a gay man," said retired staff sergeant Anthony Pryor in the video.
"It means a lot now that the repeal has occurred, for me to take an active role, and to try to better the lives of our airmen, better our Air Force by having this organization," agreed Capt. Robert MacArthur.
Watch the video below, and find out more information about the organization, including upcoming events and the schedule of bimonthly meetings, here.