Center for Service Support Observes LGBT Pride Month, Touts "Diversity as Strength"

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Story Number: NNS140625-17Release Date: 6/25/2014 2:57:00 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (AW/SW) Shawn D. Graham, Center for Service Support Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Center for Service Support (CSS) observed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month on board Naval Station Newport (NWPT), June 25.

LGBT Pride Month is celebrated with annual monthlong observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. The monthlong observance provides an educational opportunity to assist all personnel in creating a culture of inclusion, tolerance and acceptance.

"We are all born differently and inherently unique," said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Roger Drumheller, administration ratings manager. "The Navy is an amazing blend of talent from all over the world. The Navy and its global mission brought us together to accomplish myriad duties and responsibilities. Those responsibilities can range from maintenance, logistics, administration and even combat."

"All of our Sailors have unique personalities and responsibilities," said Drumheller. "I encourage every Sailor, Marine, Soldier and Airman to find and understand those common threads we all share as human beings. Those common threads make us strong, and the different kind of threads make us even stronger. Pride Month is another way to celebrate our diversity as strength."

Department of Defense's (DoD) goal is to provide opportunities for everyone, military and civilian, to recognize the importance of diversity within the DoD workforce.

According to Command Master Chief (SW/SCW/AW) Ray Rosado, the Navy is more inclusive because a Sailor's life often depends upon their shipmates.

"Our team is inclusive to everybody, every race, and every gender," said Rosado. "It is crucial to our training mission that every one of our students is comfortable and free of prejudices and any bigotry. We are all one team; a Navy team that is diverse and accepting of personal differences. Many people have sacrificed and fought for this month. It's important that we don't dishonor these brave pioneers, in and out of uniform."

"Sailors from all walks of life have served with distinction since the inception of the U.S. Navy," said Rosado. "All Sailors are welcomed and encouraged to share ideas and concepts that can make our naval service and country better. All Sailors belong to the larger Navy family and should learn how LGBT servicemembers and citizens have influenced both American and military history."

CSS and its learning sites provide Sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the fleet's warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand-in-hand with the fleet and are dedicated to ensure training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 Sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities.

For more news from Center for Service Support, visit www.navy.mil/local/css/.

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