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U.S. Navy Ship Command Undermines Observations Of Pride Month: VIDEO


The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has made life easier for LGB folks in the military, but it certainly isn't "easy", and trans people still suffer the brunt of it all. The command staff of San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson have engaged in passive-aggressive attempts to undermine any observations of LGBT Pride Month, something that the sailors explicitly requested. In addition to dragging their feet on signing off on the event even though the month is half over, regressive conditions were implemented which included removing any language of "gay" or "lesbian" over the loudspeaker, and "transgender" was to be removed from all posters altogether, conceivably justified by the fact that the military still considers being transgender a psychological disorder.

Several sailors have filed complaints, but the Navy released a statement saying that they have not confirmed any complaints. The sailors have responded to their command's lack of action with a course of action of their own: if they are denied an event, they will unfurl a rainbow flag at the pier and have an impromptu event of their own. 

You can watch ABC 10's report on the issue AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The military is not the place for either sexuality politics or gender politics.

    Posted by: petey | Jun 17, 2014 7:53:43 PM

  2. Sean Sala is known in San Diego as an opportunist. He's probably stirring up controversy so that he can still call himself and activist.

    Posted by: fsinsd | Jun 17, 2014 7:57:33 PM

  3. Ah, POS PETEY, how nice to see the parrot of the right wing skwaking out bullsh^t even a third-grader could debunk.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 17, 2014 8:04:27 PM

  4. I'm at a loss as to why there is a gay pride month on ship. As a rule, military units try to stress unity and cohesion, not differences and identities.

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jun 17, 2014 9:55:41 PM

    The military celebrates diversity all the time. We all come from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientation anyway...doesn't change the fact that we wear the same uniform. Pride month is just another thing that's celebrated now that DADT is gone.

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Jun 17, 2014 10:21:35 PM

  6. When I was in the Navy, we observed African-American history month. What is the big deal about this? By the way, if you haven't served, shut your pie hole -- you haven't earned the right to comment about the military.

    Posted by: Caleb in SC | Jun 17, 2014 10:22:41 PM

  7. ENCHANTRA.... I wonder if they celebrate Black History Month on ships or Christmas, Easter maybe. Mother's Day, Father's Day perhaps? If they do, none of these stress cohesion and unity. They all stress differences and identity.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 17, 2014 10:22:51 PM

  8. You don't need to celebrate sex.

    Posted by: petey | Jun 18, 2014 12:36:37 AM

  9. @Petey

    So Mother's Day and Father's Day are off the table then? Because there was probably some sex involved. And what about Christmas and the virgin birth. Yeah right, Mary was getting some on the side. Easter likely has roots in pagan fertility rites (you know what bunnies like to do!).

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Jun 18, 2014 1:32:03 AM

  10. Goeffreyps: Easter isn't just likely to have roots in pagan fertility rites. It totally does. Christmas is Winter Solstice. Easter is in spring when all the animals are having sex and getting pregnant and crops are starting to grow. Chicks? Bunnies? Eggs? What could be more obvious?

    If you think of agriculture based

    Posted by: emjayay | Jun 18, 2014 1:44:05 AM

  11. (Oops that posted itself) life in Europe thousands of years ago, it's easy to see how crucial winter days getting longer finally and spring fertility of everything were, and were obvious times of feasting and ceremonies and partying.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jun 18, 2014 1:47:13 AM

  12. LGBT Month has been an official government observance for a number of years. I'm pretty sure GW Bush wasn't declaring it with a proclamation every year like Obama has.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jun 18, 2014 1:49:01 AM

  13. The military's main purpose is to protect the mega-rich and the corporations' money (and if loads of brown people in the middle east get slaughtered in the process then so what).

    Why on earth would a murder machiine like the US Army celebrate Pride?

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 18, 2014 4:45:58 AM

  14. @ Petey - sex is definitely worth celebrating.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 18, 2014 7:50:11 AM

  15. marym - go fluck yourself

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jun 18, 2014 10:47:11 AM

  16. Enchantra is always so disenchanted...

    Posted by: leprechaunvict | Jun 18, 2014 11:50:43 AM

  17. Enchantra, MaryM and Petey are the same person. They were all long ago established to be aliases of Rick (for those who may not know). So just ignore all three because it's just the same troll. I know I say this every thread, but some people seem not to be too aware of who Rick is and what his tactics are.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 18, 2014 2:17:03 PM

  18. Dear American Military, Canada figured this all out more than 20 years ago. Get with it, you're embarrassing yourselves.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 18, 2014 2:29:30 PM

  19. Don't be annoying. Get rid of the Meebo bar.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Jun 18, 2014 7:34:39 PM

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