Gay Graduates Stepping Out At Air Force Academy

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DENVER (AP) -- Gay and lesbian Air Force Academy graduates plan to maintain a higher profile at events surrounding next month's home football game against Army now that "don't ask, don't tell" has been repealed.

A gay and lesbian alumni group called the Blue Alliance will display a rainbow flag and a Blue Alliance banner at its tailgate party before the Nov. 5 game on the academy campus north of Colorado Springs.

Greg Mooneyham, executive director of the Blue Alliance, said Tuesday that the academy's dean of faculty has accepted an invitation to attend the group's annual dinner on campus after the game.

An academy spokesman couldn't immediately confirm that the dean would attend.

The Pentagon formally lifted the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military last month.