MPFC’s journey began at the Pentagon where the co-founders were called to testify before the Comprehensive Review Working Group on the potential outcomes of repealing the DADT policy. None of us had ever met in person before that day and the mantra that emerged from the daunting task before us became “Love is worth it.” Love was worth facing the fear, taking the risk, and making our voices heard.
Less than two years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears later, we were invited as guests to attend the historic Pentagon Pride Month Event. While we acknowledge that we still have further to go to achieve parity for all service members and their families, in this moment we were able celebrate this enormous victory and wear our pride on our sleeves.
This is the first time MPFC has been able to openly engage in pride festivities throughout the United States. MPFC has hosted booths in Washington DC, New York City, Atlanta and New Orleans. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers, families and support of passerbys who stopped by to share their stories and support.
‘I feel so honored for my family to have been part of the first DC Pride Parade following the Repeal. To hear the cheers of support as our section marched by – cheers that grew in volume and excitement when they realized we were military partners and families – was truly a special experience. This will surely be the most meaningful Pride experiences I’ve participated in as it was the first one where we could fully participate with Pride. Thanks MPFC!’