Pentagon refuses to recognize PRIDE month thanks to the Trump administration’s anti-LGBT agenda. Top brass at the Pentagon have abandoned recognition of LGBT Pride Month at the Defense Department for the first time since the historic repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in 2011.
According to reports in the Washington Post..
“The absence this year of an official Pentagon memo marking LGBT Pride Month has raised questions among service members and Defense Department civilian employees who are troubled by President Trump’s surprise proclamation last July that he would ban transgender people from serving in the military. Typically, the memo is distributed as LGBT Pride Month begins each June, effectively endorsing the observance and encouraging personnel to hold local events. The memo has put LGBT Pride Month on par with other special observances and heritage months.”
While the Pentagon declined to recognize PRIDE month, the U.S. State Department issued the following statement:
” The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons.
In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their supporters continue to face violence, arrest, harassment and intimidation for standing up for their human rights, participating in peaceful marches and rallies, expressing their views, and simply being who they are. LGBTI persons – like all persons – must be free to enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and association, without fear of reprisal. As Americans, we place a high value on these rights and freedoms, which all persons deserve to enjoy fully and equally.
The United States stands firmly with you as you exercise your human rights and fundamental freedoms. We wish you a safe and happy Pride Month.”
President Obama always released a statement recognizing the contributions of the LGBT community in the United State armed forces during Pride Month but with Donald Trump, all you hear are cricics.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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