Pentagon Holds Gay Pride Event

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By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department for the first time marked gay pride month Tuesday, with a panel discussion that packed an auditorium of about 400 uniformed and civilian Pentagon employees.

The panel discussion for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender troops came nine months after repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy under which gay service members were fired from the military if they disclosed their sexual orientation.

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Top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson praised the military for adapting to the end of the old policy with professionalism. And a panel of troops and former troops told of their experiences before and after the policy ended.

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