Taxpayer Dollars Fund Federal Pride Month Celebrations

Whereas quite a few firms have confronted public criticism for selling LGBTQ Delight Month in June, federal organizations selling “pleasure” actions have largely flown beneath the radar. 

One of many few instances a federal entity got here near being scrutinized occurred when the Navy deleted a pleasure submit on its Instagram account. 

Even after that incident, the Navy continued to advertise Delight Month with the publication of an official memorandum on Twitter asserting the Navy’s 2023 pleasure theme: “Peace, Love, Decision.” 

The nautical army department was merely following its commander in chief’s directive. The White Home has made a number of bulletins selling and inspiring others to have fun Delight Month, together with by publishing a press launch, posting on Twitter, and altering the official White Home’s Twitter header to a pleasure brand. 

Different army branches and federal organizations such because the Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration, United States Postal Service, and Division of Veterans Affairs adopted the White Home’s instance and are selling Delight Month. 

By means of this listing isn’t exhaustive, listed here are 21 federal and federally funded organizations that promote Delight Month with taxpayer {dollars}:

  1. The Smithsonian Museums: The taxpayer-funded museums supply a lineup of LGBTQ occasions for the month of June, together with sexuality talks and “drag story hours” that includes “drag queens” studying books to kids.
  2. CIA: The Central Intelligence Company introduced its assist for Delight Month with a puzzling theme: “WELCO-ME.” The acronym stands for “Wellness Fairness LGBTQ+ Group Openness ME,” in response to the Twitter submit. 
  3. FBI: The bureau introduced its assist of Delight Month on Twitter by thanking its LGBTQ workers for his or her service, dedication, and “views.” Whereas the bureau accepts LGBTQ views, it has actively focused Catholic views.
  4. Division of Labor: This Delight Month, the Division of Labor says that it’ll “joyfully have fun” LGBTQ workers by providing “steering to workforce improvement on gender identification, gender expression, and intercourse stereotyping.”  
  5. Division of State: On Twitter, the State Division inspired people to view their “LGBTQI+ journey security web page.” It stated in a press assertion, “We strongly oppose the ‘otherization’ of LGBTQI+ individuals to justify authoritarian energy grabs and assaults on establishments of democracy globally.”
  6. Division of Training: Slightly than deal with rising the general math, science, or literary scores of American kids, the DOE determined it was extra necessary to create this pleasure submit on Twitter: “Our message to LGBTQI+ college students, lecturers, and employees as we start #PrideMonth: ED has obtained your again.”
  7. Division of Agriculture: The Division of Agriculture linked pleasure to farming in a Twitter submit that confirmed a poster with the phrases “2023 Delight Month: Altering the Panorama.” 
  8. U.S. Company for Worldwide Growth: This federally funded world improvement group claims that its “efforts are each from and for the American folks.” It launched its “first-ever LGBTQI+ Inclusive Growth Coverage” and is giving cash by means of the group’s “Rainbow Fund” to missions that “combine LGBTQI+ issues into their programming.” 
  9. NASA: Johnson Area Heart celebrates Delight Month by taking part in Houston’s parade and occasions and by allowing workers to put on LGBTQ apparel on Wednesdays throughout June. It additionally has numerous worker LGBTQ-themed socials deliberate. 
  10. USPS: The Postal Service continues to advertise Delight Month by means of LGBTQ-themed stamps. The USPS introduced these Delight stamps by way of a submit on Twitter: “We’re proud to proceed honoring influential groundbreakers like Harvey Milk, Sally Journey, Isadora Duncan, Ellsworth Kelly, and Emilio Sanchez on our stamps and your envelopes.” The Postal Service additionally posted on June 8 that it provides particular scholarships for LGBTQ people. 
  11. Veterans Affairs: Below the theme “We All Have a Seat on the Desk,” the US Division of Veterans Affairs is holding its third annual “digital Delight Month.” This month-long occasion options on-line seminars on matters that embrace “A Authorized Information to LGBTQ {Couples},” “Healthcare and Fertility Preservation for Transgender Sufferers,” and “A Scientific Information to Gender-Affirming Prosthetics,” to call just a few. 
  12. Military: As an alternative of manufacturing its personal Twitter submit, the Military retweeted Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin’s press launch honoring “LGBTQ Service Members.”
  13. Marines: Out of all of the army branches, the Marines got here the closest to not endorsing Delight Month. The one public assist we discovered was a retweet of the Navy’s Twitter submit on taking part within the Division of Protection’s twelfth annual Delight Month celebration and a public announcement on its web site recognizing the service of LGBTQ service members. 
  14. Navy: The army department promoted Delight Month with the publication of an official memorandum on Twitter asserting the Navy’s 2023 pleasure theme: “Peace, Love, Decision.” The Navy additionally participated within the Division of Protection’s twelfth annual Delight Month celebration.
  15. Air Power: The Air Power saluted Delight Month in its Twitter pleasure submit. Up to now, it has hosted two pleasure occasions on air bases, one in every of which included a presentation by LGBTQ officer Lt. Col. Bree Fram throughout a Delight Month luncheon at Altus Air Power Base.
  16. Area Power: Like many of the different army branches, the Area Power acknowledged its LGBTQ service members by means of a pleasure submit on its Twitter account. 
  17. Division of Justice: In a information launch from “Lawyer Basic Merrick B. Garland in Honor of Delight Month,” the DOJ posted a reality sheet on its work to defend LGBTQ people. 
  18. Division of Transportation: On Twitter, the DOT revealed a poster that contained a pride-themed, Black Lives Matter fist brand with the phrase “pleasure” on the poster. 
  19. Division of Power: How vitality pertains to Delight Month continues to be unknown; nonetheless, the division felt a have to endorse the LGBTQ neighborhood by making a pride-themed brand and posting, “When everybody has a seat on the desk, America is at its strongest.”
  20. Homeland Safety: Like different organizations, Homeland Safety introduced its endorsement of Delight Month by posting a video of the division elevating the LGBTQ flag at its headquarters. 
  21. Library of Congress: The nation’s library sponsored Delight Month by encouraging readers to take a look at its LGBTQ books. The library is ready to host quite a few pleasure occasions this June; nevertheless, The Every day Sign was unable to view them because the webpage was down. 

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