Gay pride ceremony features LGBT military officers, chaplain

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Air Force chaplain says coming out as a lesbian hasn’t impeded her ministry to troops.

Col. Karis Graham took part in a panel Tuesday at the Pentagon’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month, where Defense Secretary Ash Carter was the keynote speaker.

Graham and other military officers, including Army Brig. Gen. Randy Taylor, introduced their same-sex spouses and described how difficult it had been for them to serve in the military before the lifting of the Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell policy.

Graham said that once she could be open about being married to another woman without fear of being discharged, she was able to minister more effectively to other married troops, and has also been accepted by her fellow chaplains.

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