WPAFB hosts first ever gay pride run

Wright Patterson Air Force Base (Photo/WDTN Staff)

DAYTON, Ohio -Despite some controversy, a 5K Pride Run at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base took place after all. The event was delayed by rain last week. Dozens showed up in support for it on Wednesday.

This marked the first time Wright-Patt has ever had a 5k run to recognize the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

We first told you it was a move that hasn’t gone over well with some employees there because it’s being held on the base. But the event continued as planned.

It’s a historic change for the military to recognize pride month after years of not accepting openly gay members.

Col. Cassie Barlow said they have some catching up to do.

But those openly gay members of the military say this movement is a great step forward.

“For years I had to hide my sexuality and after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell I was able to openly be myself and it’s really emotional for me to be able to do that and to show that with people,” said Shawn Sill, a Chief Master Sgt. at Wright-Patt.

Another participant told 2 NEWS, “you only get one life and it’s not really fair to have someone tell you what you can and can’t be.”

Colonel Barlow said recognizing events like this helps build a diverse force.

She said the Air Force recognizes many different months throughout the year such as Woman’s History and Native American Heritage month.  Col Barlow said Pride month will be added to the list.

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