NASA sponsors gay pride parade in the midst of shutdown

As the Obama administration continues to pursue a wide range of measures to ensure Americans feel the full effects of the government shutdown, it looks as if all systems are go with NASA sponsoring a gay pride parade this weekend in Orlando, Fla.

When Obama appointed him NASA administrator in 2010, Charles Bolden said of the president’s expectations:”Foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world.”

Now that NASA is no longer burdened with the inconvenience of exploring outer space, the outreach initiative appears to have expanded to include the gay community.

Come Out With Pride, with an assist from the Walt Disney Co., is putting on a gay pride parade in downtown Orlando on Saturday, part of an all-day event to celebrate, well, being gay, according to Disney is also sponsoring a “Kid Zone” at the event, the website says.

A banner advertisement for the event lists NASA and Microsoft as sponsors for a viewing tent.


NASA is also listed on the event website as a bronze-level sponsor, as is the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center. While the $750 fee is nominal, it was very likely paid with taxpayer money.

According to the web site, NASA will also have a float in the parade, which begins at 4 p.m. Saturday.

It’s not clear who will be manning the float.

Because of the government shutdown, thousands of Kennedy Space Center workers have been furloughed. With the exception of security, among those considered essential, most of NASA’s workforce has been told to stay home, according to the local ABC affiliate WFTV.

Anyone trying to find additional information on NASA’s website was greeted with this message:

Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. — We sincerely regret this inconvenience.

On the same weekend, the National Park Service informed Florida charter boat captains that Florida Bay was “closed” due to the shutdown, Breitbart News reported.

For perspective, that move effectively closes 1,100 square miles of open ocean.

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21 thoughts on “NASA sponsors gay pride parade in the midst of shutdown

  1. Farrightofleft says:

    Well, how nice. ♫ ♪♫•**•.¸.
    But vets who scarified for this country get locked out of their memorial!

    1. we live in a sick Godless society

      1. Luke James says:

        No we live in a great country that is finally throwing of all the god bothering garbage that has held us back for to long . Good job to the death of christianity , the sooner the better , o you can all move to zimbabwe or russia .

        1. cdflyer says:

          Held back? Excuse me. What other country has matched what the USA has done in it’s first 200 years? And just who was our sponsor? None other than the Great “I AM.”

      2. Anthony Nelson says:

        Why so religiously extreme to the point that you deny reality? As if gay doesn’t exist. You don’t see gay in the natural world? You know what I don’t see as much in the natural world? Angels – those are half-human, half-bird creatures. The devil is half-man, half-goat. I’ve seen gays more is all I’m saying.

        1. Larry Moore says:

          There is no denial of reality. We all know that homosexuality does exist. We also know that murder, lying, cheating, alcholism, pedophilia and other such evils exist but that does not mean that we should embrace them and celebrate them.

  2. Walt is rolling over in his grave

  3. disqus_GYXQ8Ms8Zk says:

    These corporations and federal assisted facilities are nothing but a disgrace to Florida when they sponsor these queer parades. Florida doesn’t want this kind of garbage around children.

    1. Cheryl Wilson says:


      1. disqus_GYXQ8Ms8Zk says:

        I’m a 5th generation Florida Boy. There has never been any debates, (state wide) on this issue. The cities where these events take place, St. Petersburg, Orlando and the Key’s have an abundance of transplants from out of state which has been ruining this state for years. I do not know anyone here in Florida that wants any part of these queer exhibitions.

      2. Anthony Nelson says:

        Tolerance…IS an American Value. 100,000+ people CAME OUT IN FORCE TO SUPPORT this event in Orlando. I counted exactly 1 protester.

        1. Larry Moore says:

          So by your reasoning if 100,000+ people came out in force to support murder or pedophilia then we should consider supporting these things?

  4. Marco Luxe says:

    “It’s not clear who will be manning the float.”

    Better to ride in a parade than sit at home during a furlough. At least it’s nearly free publicity and goodwill for a gov’t agency. Why so negative?

    1. Cheryl Wilson says:

      Marco, goodwill for a government agency? I don’t want my hard earned tax dollars funding anything like this to further an agenda. An immoral agenda that is! Like it or not!

      1. Anthony Nelson says:

        Cheryl, Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex remains open during its regular operating hours even with the government shutdown. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is operated for NASA by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts and is not supported by government or tax-payer funding, and therefore is able to remain open.

        Like it or not, the problem with close-minded people is that their mouth is always open. Before you open your mouth, make sure you have a mind to back up the things you say. Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart 🙂

    2. Larry Moore says:

      Simple answer: the government should not be promoting or supporting unsafe and perverted sexual activity.

  5. cdflyer says:

    What the hell is NASA doing in politics? And don’t even try to tell me this isn’t politics!

    1. Barry Hamilton says:

      It’s not politics.

      1. Larry Moore says:

        You are right, it’s not politics it’s perversion.

  6. Barry Hamilton says:

    How can you solely blame Obama and the Democrats when you also have a poll on your homepage asking people if Republicans should continue the shutdown too? It’s pretty obvious that both sides are acting like children. But I don’t care about Obamacare either way right now. Kill it, don’t kill it, whatever… I just want to go back to work. I am a contractor so I won’t get paid no matter what happens. Next week I’ll have to pay my insurance premiums fully out of pocket so a health care law or lack thereof isn’t going to do much to help me. I am a regular American trying to support my family. If you guys really cared about this country you would be asking all of your congressmen and senators to do whatever they could to get me and the thousands of other people in a similar situation back to work. Instead you’re all treating this like a football game. I’m sick and tired of it. Stop playing with my livelihood to make a political point!

  7. Estee May Scigliano says:

    I am [email protected] ing speechless

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