LGBT Pride Month

lgbt pride month

June is National LGBT Pride Month, a time to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. This month, we spoke with Richard Rathburn, Ashford University Employer Outreach Specialist, about his role at the University and his experience as a member of the LGBT community.

What is DOMA?

During his interview, Richard mentions the end of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and how that was a major civil rights win for the LGBT community. But what is DOMA? When people reference the end of DOMA, they are talking about the end of Section Three of The Defense of Marriage Act, a law that prevented the federal government from officially recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples. This act prevented those individuals from accessing federal protections like social security, veteran’s benefits, retirement savings, and many other civil liberties, and was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. (Frequently Asked Questions, n.d.)

Community Resources – This site has a directory that connects individuals within the community to LGBT community centers. – GLAAD is a media organization that is dedicated to shaping the LGBT narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. – The It Gets Better Project is dedicated to communicating to LGBT youth the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives can reach.


Written by Samuel Harvey

Sam is the Content Specialist for the Office of Student Access and Wellness at Ashford University.



Frequently Asked Questions: Defense of Marriage Act (n.d.). Retrieved on June 1, 2015 from

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