Meet The First Official LGBT Group Based On A U.S. Military Base

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard at the Great Lakes Naval Station have made military history by starting Gays and Lesbian And Supporting Sailors (GLASS), the first LGBT group formed on a military base, according to the Windy City Times.

GLASS is registered as an official chartered organization at the Great Lakes Naval Station, which means authorities consider it as legitimate as the First Class Association or any other command-sanctioned organization. Around 75 people attended GLASS’s inaugural meeting on Monday, gay and straight. (Talk about strength in numbers!)

Dena Partain, a 24-year Navy veteran who serves as GLASS’ mentor and advisor  told the Times that, two days earlier, GLASS had made an appearance at Equality Illionois’ gala.

“At the gala, veterans kept coming up to our table,” Partain said, holding back tears. “They were just so happy we were there… To have that support, I can’t even describe it.”

It should be noted that similar organization, OutServe, predates GLASS but is an independent organization operating outside of command structure.

Sounds to us like a new era of “Do Ask, Do Tell” has been ushered in.

Photo by Hal Baim/Windy City Times