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Misawa's LGBTQ+ 5K Color Run

Rainbow colored balloons sit on the starting line of the color run with participants ready to run in the background.

Team Misawa members stand at the starting line of a LGBTQ+ color run at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 11, 2021. The different colors are associated with diversity, but each have meanings: red means life; orange means healing; yellow means sunlight; green means nature; blue means serenity; and violet means spirit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Members from Team Misawa run as volunteers toss colored powder on them.

U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Thomas Howell, Naval Air Facility Misawa, runs while Team Misawa members toss different colored powder during a LGBTQ+ color run at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 11, 2021. On December 22, 2010, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act became law, allowing lesbian, gay and bisexual military members to serve openly with honor and integrity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Members from Team Misawa run while volunteers toss colored powder on them.

Team Misawa members toss different colored powder on participants during a LGBTQ+ color run at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 11, 2021. In 1999, President Bill Clinton signed a proclamation to recognize the gay and lesbian community and has since been expanded to include bisexual, transgender and additional communities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Man holding a rainbow flag runs towards the finish line of a color run.

A Team Misawa member runs towards the finish line during a LGBTQ+ color run at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 11, 2021. The Department of Defense has made many strides in promoting equal rights as well as inclusivity for all military personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

Man covered in color powder stands at finish line of color run.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Baba Sy, 35th Comptroller Squadron Commander Support Section personnelist, stands at the finish line of a LGBTQ+ color run at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 11, 2021. The run embraced the LGBTQ+ community as part of the Misawa family. Held every year in the month of June, in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, Pride Month is a time to recognize the influence the LGBTQ+ community has around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Leon Redfern)

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