The many different backgrounds of those who serve in the military make room for diversity, which makes the country strong, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said at the celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the Pentagon Center Courtyard.
“Our differences have made us a more effective fighting force,” the senator said. “Diversity leads to more problem solving and more success,” she added during yesterday’s event.
Duckworth was joined by retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith and by Stuart Milk, renowned global LGBT human rights activist and nephew of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk.
“Bigotry has no place downrange. … It weakens our forces and imperils our nation,” said Duckworth, an Army wounded warrior from the Iraq War.
“Who you are and who you love has no bearing on your ability to defend the country,” she said, noting that it was 50 years ago when the “Stonewall” event evoked change that spilled over to make the U.S. armed forces stronger.