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US military academy holds first gay pride week

Norwich University’s pride to include ‘condom Olympics’ and ‘queer prom’
'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal gives way for military academy's pride.

Six months after the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ (DADT) America’s oldest private military college is hosting a gay pride week event for students.

Norwich University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allies club (NULGBTQA) kicked off the weeklong pride Monday (26 March) with a bias/harassment and bullying seminar for both cadet and civilian students.

Other events include HIV prevention workshops and a dance that welcomes same-sex couples. Each of the six days of events represent a color of the LGBT flag, such as red for AIDS awareness and green for allies.

‘The purpose of this event is to express and demonstrate equality throughout the Norwich community,’ said Joshua Fontanez, NULGBTQA president and a senior member of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets. The group held its first meeting on 20 September on the day that DADT was repealed.

The repeal of DADT last year marked the end of the US military policy that barred gay, lesbian and transgender people from coming out while serving in the armed forces.

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