WASHINGTON D.C — (07-18-20) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper slaps the LGBTQ community yet again as the military bans not only the confederate flag but also the LGBTQ Pride Flag from all Defense department buildings, common and public areas.
Pentagon spokesman Lisa Lawrence confirmed last Friday in an official statement saying…“The memorandum does not authorize public display of unlisted flags in the Department of Defense.”
In the now unclassified memo, Esper writes, “The flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols.”
Esper’s memo goes on to list the specific kinds of flags that will be allowed on said grounds in addition to the American flag: flags of the U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia; military flags and those of U.S. allies.
It is patently offensive that Esper has, along with the Confederate flag, declared the Pride flag to be “divisive.” The Pride flag celebrates the hard-fought rights of LGBTQ Americans, including many troops. (1/2)https://t.co/8Bo7q5PdIX
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“It’s absolutely outrageous that Defense Secretary Mark Esper would ban the Pride flag — the very symbol of inclusion and diversity,” wrote MMAA Interim Executive Director Jennifer Dane on the group’s official website. “In what universe is it ok to turn an opportunity to ban a racist symbol like the Confederate flag into an opportunity to ban the symbol of diversity? This decision sends an alarming message to LGBTQ service members, their families, and future recruits.”
Many say this was a carrot for the anti-LGBTQ conservatives who can’t stand the idea of rainbow pride flags on display on US military installations.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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