San Diego recently held its annual “Pride” Parade celebrating variations of sexuality — the same one then-Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning rode in as Grand Marshal in 2016. As then, uniformed military members played a prominent role [emphasis added]:
To show opposition to the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender troops, this year’s military contingent decided to have active-duty trans service members march at the front of the parade.
“I am a transgender sailor myself,” said Elijah Riddle, who currently serves in the U.S. Navy.
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There’s been much ado about the fact the State Department declined to authorize US embassies to fly “gay pride” rainbow flags from the main embassy flagpoles. (The wailing and gnashing of teeth failed to acknowledge the “ban” only applied to flagpoles, and such flags or other similar decorations were allowed to be flown elsewhere. In fact, one report seemed to think the continued displays were “defiance”, when Vice President Pence explicitly stated no other restrictions were placed on the display of “pride”.) President Obama had begun declaring June “gay pride month,” a “celebration” that has largely fallen silent under President Trump.
US Rep Ilhan Oman even claimed the denial was “bigotry and discrimination” by the Trump administration — strong words, given the traditional treatment of homosexuals by her Islamic faith.
And while the US State Department would not allow “gay pride” to join the US flag around the world, a US Air Force AWACS crew decided they’d advertise on the flight line of in a deployed location:
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The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division celebrated LGBT “pride” last month, with its commanding officer saying they should all make a point to know more about each other — presumably, given the context, referring to each other’s sexual practices. US Navy CAPT Godfrey “Gus” Weekes said:
LGBT Pride Month affirms our commitment to increase awareness, mutual respect, and understanding of all members of our workforce. Let’s take the theme ‘Ask, Share and Learn’ to heart and embrace knowing more about our colleagues and celebrating our collective diversity…
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CAPT Mark Melson, commanding officer, USS Makin Island, speaking at his ship’s LGBT pride event:
“Pride Month shows the importance of diversity in our Navy, and how that diversity makes us stronger.”
How, precisely, does diversity in sexual behavior make the Navy stronger? “Pride month” doesn’t make that explicit (no pun intended), and the Department of Defense has not said homosexuality has improved the ability of the military to accomplish its mission.
If diversity in itself is what “makes [the military] stronger,” the US military is doing it wrong with Read more
US Air Force MajGen Patricia Rose spoke at the Pentagon “gay pride” event on June 12th, and she announced her retirement from active service at the same time. You can watch the DoD video here.
The move is significant because she has been vaunted as the “highest ranking openly LGBT service member in the US military,” with the emphasis on “openly,” because Read more
Tomorrow the US Army in Hawaii was scheduled to host an “expo” of support resources on sexual assault and suicide prevention, which was supposed to include “resources for LGBT children.” The original article, entitled “Who do I talk to? 8TSC Expo includes SHARP, suicide prevention, resources for LGBT children,” read [emphasis added]:
June is LGBT Pride Month, recognizing the proud legacy of LGBT men and women who are part of the fabric of our nation and Army. One area where resources are not often discussed is regarding what is available to help parents start a healthy dialogue with their children who are LGBT. This year’s expo offers an option for that too.
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The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam 2017 LGBT Pride Month event (an observance executed even though there is no “pride month” this year) continued what has become a near tradition of creating revisionist history. The article by PO2 Gabrielle Joyner said [emphasis added]
Neal was the first to take the stage and opened his remarks by recounting the history of civil rights for LGBT Americans, starting with the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York, a three-day event that occurred when patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village resisted police harassment of the LGBT community.
Due to less than ideal journalistic formatting, it is unclear if Read more
The US military community in Vicenza, Italy, recently attempted to host a “gay pride event” in which Stuart Milk, LGBT activist and nephew of Harvey Milk, was going to speak to DoD school children and the local community:
Stuart Milk will give three talks on [US Army post] Caserma Ederle — one at the high school for students who sign up, and one at the middle school, for eighth-graders whose parents will be advised in a letter that they may opt out. The third talk, open to the community, is…at the Hall of Heroes auditorium.
Just a few hours after the Stars and Stripes reported that event, however, it announced Milk’s visit had been canceled — without explanation: Read more