President Biden’s Pentagon celebrated Pride Month at the Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday with a warning about state laws aimed at protecting children from inappropriate materials and life-changing medical procedures: Laws affecting the LGBTQ+ community could damage the might of the U.S. military.
Space Force Chief Operating Officer Lt. Gen. DeAnna Burt noted that “more than 400 anti-LGBTQ+ laws have been introduced at the state level” since January, according to The Hill.
“That number is rising and demonstrates a trend that could be dangerous for service members, their families and the readiness of the force as a whole,” she stated.
The Pentagon’s Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Gil Cisneros, decried the “hate.”
“LGBTQ+ and other diverse communities are under attack, just because they are different,” he said. “Hate for hate’s sake.”
Cisneros, who also serves as the department’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, claimed that military personnel “must stick together and we must be prepared to confront any such challenge directly.”
As BizPac Review has reported, this year’s Pride Month has been rife with protests, as fed-up parents speak out against the schools and corporate entities that are pushing the agenda on minors.
In Glendale, California, roughly 200 protesters from both sides of the LGBTQ+ debate faced off ahead of the Glendale Unified School District’s vote on the “Pride” issue.
Tempers boiled over and, despite the efforts of the police, conflict ensued. Videos showed fists flying and people getting tackled to the ground. Ultimately, three individuals were reportedly arrested and slapped with charges that included willfully obstructing officers and unlawful use of pepper spray.
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And, after Target told Bud Light to hold its beer over front-and-center displays of kiddy “Pride” gear and “tuck-friendly” women’s swimwear, the Human Rights Campaign, the most powerful LGBTQ+ lobbying organization in the country, demanded that “Target and the business community to reject and speak out against anti-LGBTQ+ extremism going into Pride Month.”
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States across the nation have begun passing laws that prohibit children from receiving so-called “gender-affirming health care” and ban minors from not-so-family-friendly drag shows. School libraries have been forced to remove sexually explicit LGBTQ+ books from their shelves and discussions of gender identity and fluidity has been stricken from some classrooms.
Meanwhile, the Navy enlisted the help of an active-duty drag queen as part of an outreach campaign to boost declining recruitment numbers.
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And, after Nellis Air Force Base was forced by the Pentagon to cancel a “family-friendly” drag show, the airmen ran a Pride flag up the pole and saluted it.
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Still, Assistant Air Force Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Alex Wagner said earlier on Wednesday that he may have to move families from military bases because their LGBTQ+ children are being bullied at school.
The harassment is “distracting from their mission, that’s detracting from our readiness,” Wagner said at the Center for a New American Security’s annual National Security Conference, according to The Hill.
“If service members are thinking and concerned about the experience their kids are having, they’re not going to be focused on their jobs,” he fretted. “They’re not gonna be focused on their mission.”
Potentially perfect candidates might not apply for jobs in the Space Force, Burt warned.
“If a good match for a job does not feel safe being themselves and performing at their highest potential at a given location, or if their family could be denied critical health care due to the laws in that state,” she said. And that means she is “compelled to consider a different candidate and perhaps less-qualified.”
“Those barriers are a threat to our readiness,” Burt stated, “and they have a direct correlation to the resiliency and well-being of our most important operational advantage: our people.”
On Twitter, some are calling the DOD’s LGBTQ+ Pride push “illegal.”
“Our Department of Defense is illegally promoting ‘Pride Month’ per DOD Directive 1344.10,” tweeted Andrea Shaffer.
“Service members are encouraged to participate in the political process, but they have to be careful about not engaging in political activities in the workplace and not using their official positions to advocate for or against political issues,” she explained. “With the directives set forth in DoDD 1344.10 and other regulations in mind, service members including Lloyd Austin, the United States Secretary of Defense are breaking this directive.”
Our Department of Defense is illegally promoting “Pride Month” per DOD Directive 1344.10.
Service members are encouraged to participate in the political process, but they have to be careful about not engaging in political activities in the workplace and not using their official…
— Andrea Shaffer, Employment/Labor Law (@Andreafreedom76) June 8, 2023
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