MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
The 2nd Marine Logistics Group command
hosted a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) information fair aboard
Camp Lejeune, N. C., July 30.
The event provided
education and awareness following the inclusion of sexual orientation as a
protected status under the Equal Opportunity Program, and included a guest
speaker and booths with information for the attendees.
“When we hold these
events we try to educate the Marines, sailors and their family members as a
whole - regardless of sexual orientation or personal biases - that we all need
to observe equality,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Althea Carabello, an Equal
Opportunity representative and chair
leader for the event.
The event allowed the
attendees to learn about the history of policy changes, as well as hear the
personal stories of service members.
With the recent addition
of sexual orientation to the Equal Opportunity Program, and years after the
abolishment of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the evolvement of the Marine Corps has
had a significant impact in the lives of some service members
“The Marine Corps has
definitely impressed me over the years,” said Staff Sgt. Monique Clarke, the
guest speaker for the event. “I can see the change and because of that I am
more passionate about it because I know that people are going to be more
supportive the more they understand,” said Clarke. “We love people, just like
you love people. It means a lot to me because now I can live my truth.”
2nd MLG is slated to
host EO observances to recognize those who have contributed to our nation and
military. Woman’s Equality Day observance is scheduled to take place in August.