The U.S. Navy’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts have removed posts honoring the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
On Thursday, the Navy posted graphics on Instagram and Twitter to mark the start of Pride Month. However, by Friday morning, these posts had been removed without explanation.
A U.S. Navy spokesperson commented on this, saying, “The U.S. Navy posted graphics in support of the start of Pride Month to honor the service, commitment, and sacrifice f the LGBTQ+ Service members and personnel who volunteer to defend our country.”
“As we do with all Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) observance months, we will look for additional opportunities to celebrate the diversity and strength of our Sailors. Members of the lGBTQ+ community serve their country, fully contribute to the DOD mission, and deserve a welcoming environment which enables them to reach their full potential,” the spokesperson added.
They did not give an explanation for why the posts were removed.
There has been a massive effort by Conservative lawmakers to get the U.S. military to end its DEI initiatives. On Thursday, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin demanding that the Defense Department turn over a full accounting of all Pride Month events that will be sponsored by the military this June.
“It has come to our attention that the Department of Defense (DoD) will once again divert American families’ tax dollars away from advancing its mission to ‘deter war and ensure our nation’s security’ to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) events during the month of June 2023,” wrote Roy.
“As our nation faces threats around the globe, the DoD should be solely focused on mission critical activities that advance military readiness and lethality to deter and, if necessary, to defeat our adversaries,” Roy continued. “Expending vital resources on this type of political maneuvering, most apparent during the month of June, is inconsistent with the national security interests of the United States and is an inexcusable use of taxpayer dollars.”