Pentagon to recognize gay pride month for the first time

posted at 9:42 pm on June 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

Whatever you think of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” gestures like this that demonstrate the military’s acceptance of the new law are helpful, no? Now that the legislative battle’s over, top priority is making sure that the policy is implemented with as little disruption to the force as possible. A bit of official recognition for gay pride month normalizes the reality of openly gay troops and signals that the brass doesn’t want them treated with hostility. Soldiers carry out orders with which they disagree to the best of their ability all the time; this is a form of that, or at least that’s how I’m reading it.

Then again, it’s unfair to assume that there’s any deep objection to repealing DADT within the ranks:

In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had banned gay troops from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces…

Although some feared repeal of the ban on serving openly would cause problems in the ranks, officials and gay advocacy groups say no big issues have materialized — aside from what advocacy groups criticize as slow implementation of some changes, such as benefit entitlements to troops in same-sex marriages…

Panetta said last month that military leaders had concluded that repeal had not affected morale or readiness. A report to Panetta with assessments from the individual military service branches said that as of May 1 they had seen no ill effects…

[Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried, a finance officer and co-director of OutServe] said acceptance has been broad among straight service members and has put a spotlight on unequal treatment that gays continue to receive in some areas. “We are seeing such tremendous progress in how much the military is accepting us, but not only that — in how much the rank and file is now understanding the inequality that’s existing right now,” he said.

OutServe, a group for gay troops, says its membership has doubled but I don’t know that any broader conclusions can necessarily be drawn from that. It may be that the dynamics are different from unit to unit, with some troops feeling comfortable in coming out due to the attitudes around them and others staying closeted because they’re not so comfortable. I’m interested in hearing from military readers on that. Two questions. First, have you noticed any disruptions from the new policy in your unit? And second, if not, why do you suppose that is? Is it as simple as most troops not caring if someone’s gay or is there more to it? For instance, my hunch is that this might have been a bigger deal for a peacetime military that had more time to focus on its composition. After nearly 11 years in Afghanistan, though, and with new battlefields opening up all the time (soon maybe even in Iran?), there’s simply too much to do to spend much energy on this. But I don’t know; this is why I’m asking.


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So..
Do I lower my flag half mast?

I am so confused.

Electrongod on June 14, 2012 at 9:44 PM

We…are…so..screwed…that there will be no coming back from Armageddon.

Twana on June 14, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Nevermind..
I will just turn off the spot light on my flag..

Electrongod on June 14, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The only pride the Pentagon should be concerned with is American Pride.

Where is the straight pride month? Is there a Christian pride month? Homosexuals whine about not being included in marriage and the military, why aren’t the rest of us included in getting our own special month?

Daemonocracy on June 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

So, the way to “implemented with as little disruption to the force as possible” is to rub everyone’s face in it?

Makes about as much sense as getting rid of DADT in the first place.

Rebar on June 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Why are gay solders any more deserving of recognition than a heterosexual solder?

This is BS not because of the gay issue but because in the military everyone is suppose to be equal and judged on merit / ability. This destroys military bearing and tells non gay solders they are not as important.

Any celebration in the military for a specific group is a big deal, this reeks of favoritism.

Skwor on June 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I’m so sick of the military being a social petri-dish for societies central planners.

“Hey we’re all green, we’re all the same.”

Cue:
Black history month
Womens history month
Hispanic history month
Homosexual awareness month

If we’re all the fecking same why do we keep celebrating our differences!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable

Meat Fighter on June 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Well now, isn’t that sweet?

rplat on June 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM

No. Superficial “Pride” events were stupid when the KKK held them, they’re still stupid today. Take pride in your accomplishments as an individual. Looking like someone else, or waiving your right to think for yourself in deference to some vague definition of “authenticity’ are not accomplishments.

CapnObvious on June 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I have no words for this disgrace.

trapeze on June 14, 2012 at 9:50 PM

A unit cannot be a team when everyone must be celebrated as individuals. Don’t even bother with the touchy feely crap, fighting units must be seamless teams where everyone is treated the same, anything less reduces effectiveness.

This destroys the concept of cohesive units. I am fine with letting them serve, giving special recognition is utter bull$h!t.

Skwor on June 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Group huge? /

idesign on June 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

It’s too bad that the current administration, including idiot-Panetta, has so much GAY pride and so little AMERICAN pride.

Pork-Chop on June 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Everything AllahPundit wrote here is complete opposite of what I think… (especially his presuppositions)

ninjapirate on June 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

As my old CO told me….

“All of these special recognition programs can be summed in one idea, respect for one another, period. Everything else is social engineering DoD style.”

yep

Meat Fighter on June 14, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Next month hetero pride month. Sounds just as stupid.

CW on June 14, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Skwor on June 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

+1

Meat Fighter on June 14, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Oh gee, a guy who’s a spokesperson for a group that advocated the repeal says that there’s “widespread acceptance among straight servicemembers”? Well that’s just SWELL! I feel so much better! Let’s ignore stories of gay sexual harrassment of straight servicemembers that are coming out now.

When I joined in 1990, it was prohibited. While I served, Klinton made it optional. I left before it became mandatory.

quikstrike98 on June 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Sick to death of this kind of nonsense.

Every damn ‘special’ group has their month. Why?

The Armed Forces should not be in the business of This kind of stuff.

catmman on June 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM

The kicker is Male Gay sex is still against the UCMJ, no one has bothered to submit the legislation to change it.

As an old submariner I also have a story where two gay men decided to make out in the boat in the engineering spaces, they were immediately booted off. That my friends is the problem with homosexuals in the military, same issue with co-ed units. They ALWAYS have had lower effectiveness due to fraternization.

Skwor on June 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM

if the stats are right, there really should be no real issue. 2 percent rate of homosexuality in the population. That seems to be the number…some argue more, but still tops out at 4 percent

r keller on June 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Can someone tell me what the point of a gay pride month (or parade, or march, or whatever) is supposed to be, exactly? They’re proud…great. Why does it have to be a “thing”, though?

I don’t care about gay marriage or gays serving in the military, but having the Pentagon endorse gay pride anything is ridiculous.

changer1701 on June 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

That will certainly make Putin think twice about arming the Syrians with attack helos.

Panetta’s a tinkerbell. Another Obama appointment who didn’t have any qualifications for the high level positions he’s held.

Let them serve and be done with it. Isn’t that all the gays and lesbians wanted? Don’t mock the greatest military on this planet by celebrating gayness.

fogw on June 14, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Another South Park script is written…

Buy Danish on June 14, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Frankly Allah, I’m a little too spooked to even comment on this one. Pass.

Bmore on June 14, 2012 at 9:59 PM

But the IDF does this same thing, right?

catmman on June 14, 2012 at 9:59 PM

No place for this nonsense. The greatest military in the world has it’s head up its rear…..and seems to enjoy the feeling.

Hening on June 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.

Make it all stop. Please. Now.

Buy Danish on June 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Bottoms up!

SouthernGent on June 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Sick to death of this kind of nonsense.

Every damn ‘special’ group has their month. Why?

The Armed Forces should not be in the business of This kind of stuff.

catmman on June 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM

++

GaltBlvnAtty on June 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

This can’t be true, seriously?

I’m speechless…

ccrosby on June 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Gay pride say what?

Why not just stick with what the private sector tends to say which is that no form of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexuality, color, nationality, etc. is acceptable. End of discussion.

Oh, because it’s time for pink reparations.

Awesome.

CorporatePiggy on June 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

In honor of this occasion.

Flange on June 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I hope this is what everyone who advocated the repeal of DADT wanted. The big proponents on this site, folks who called themselves “Conservative”, swore up and down that this was not about elevated them above everyone else but to merely give them equal footing.

Right. Just what the military needed.

hawkdriver on June 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

The destruction of our military cohesiveness continues.

FirelandsO3 on June 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM

if the stats are right, there really should be no real issue. 2 percent rate of homosexuality in the population. That seems to be the number…some argue more, but still tops out at 4 percent

r keller on June 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

No real issue? Wait ’til your NCOIC starts eyeballing your hindquarters. Wait ’til boyfriend/boyfriend drama crops up in battle. Wait ’til the sexually transmitted disease rates start rising.

OhioCoastie on June 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Allah are you intentionally forgetting your taglines under the photos for the threads? Or is this really not you posting these topics?

Bmore on June 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM

This is just sick.

BTW, where is White History Month?

JPeterman on June 14, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Right. Just what the military needed.

hawkdriver on June 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

It ain’t how I remembered the military. I am stunned.

arnold ziffel on June 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Homophobes at large.

Uppereastside on June 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

The Armed Forces should not be in the business of This kind of stuff.

catmman on June 14, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Wait until homosexuals start getting those nice “diversity” promotions, over better qualified straights.

Because it’s going to happen, if it hasn’t already.

Rebar on June 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM

A unit cannot be a team when everyone must be celebrated as individuals. Don’t even bother with the touchy feely crap, fighting units must be seamless teams where everyone is treated the same, anything less reduces effectiveness.

This destroys the concept of cohesive units. I am fine with letting them serve, giving special recognition is utter bull$h!t.

Skwor on June 14, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Well stated.

davidk on June 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

And the slide into the destruction of Western Civ continues….sickening but not surprising…amazing how 2 percent of the population has been able to sucker the majority into believing that homosexuality is natural and beautiful…..

Give it time…next will be beastility and polygamy and pedophilia…..pandora’s box has been open….

Enjoy your destruction liberals and libertarians….

Albertanator on June 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Homophobes at large.

Uppereastside on June 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I have just the diet for you big boy.

Bmore on June 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

As Hotairr leans towards the Libertarian points of view, I find you becoming hostile to Conservatives like me. Maybe some day we’ll celebrate Consrevative Pride Few Minutes.
Need to find another go to site hotair has left the Malkin camp and jumped in with Ron Paul and Paul Bagelia, uch!!!

SayNo2-O on June 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Those damn congressmen! They repealed DADT against the will of the people! They forced the homosexual agenda down the throats of our troops, and when Romney takes power, the people will demand DADT be reinstated!!!

Oh wait, that’s right, every single poll done in 2010 showed the majority of people wanted DADT to be repealed. And the Pentagon released an in-depth report in which they stated that repealing DADT would have little to no negative effect on combat readiness. Darn you reality, you strike again!!!

theoddmanout on June 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Homophobes at large.

Uppereastside on June 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

What’s a “homophobe,” someone who’s literally afraid of humans? Just applying Latin to your nancyboy bullcrap, princess. Don’t scratch my eyes out.

OhioCoastie on June 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM

BTW, where is White History Month?

january, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

lostmotherland on June 14, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Hope it goes all right.

arnold ziffel on June 14, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Homophobes at large.

Uppereastside on June 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

.
So if you’re walking down the sidewalk and come upon a pile of dog poop, you’d step in it to prove you’re not afraid of it, correct?

listens2glenn on June 14, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Why does sexuality need to be recognized for anything?

ccrosby on June 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

theoddmanout on June 14, 2012 at 10:12 PM

That’s why they waited until a lame duck session of congress, in the middle of the night, on a holiday weekend, to do it.

Yeah, right.

Rebar on June 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I have just the diet for you big boy.

Bmore on June 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

upper likes that kinky German stuff.

arnold ziffel on June 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I’m so sick of the military being a social petri-dish for societies central planners.

“Hey we’re all green, we’re all the same.”

Cue:
Black history month
Womens history month
Hispanic history month
Homosexual awareness month

If we’re all the fecking same why do we keep celebrating our differences!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable

Meat Fighter on June 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Is theree an Asian history month? Irish, Italian, anyone left out?…what the heck are they going to do when they run out of calendar months to celebrate this or that minority?….and who the heck care anyways, let them celebrate whatever they want, when they want it within their minorities/groups….but what is the point for this idiotic so called national ‘recognition’ …I live in friggin Kalifornia, like I need any reminder that I am surrounded by all sorts of ‘minorities’ black, hispanic, gay ( that btw some are are actually soon majorities)….

jimver on June 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

If the gays want to celebrate their ‘pride’, why must everyone else celebrate, acknowledge and otherwise have to tacitly endorse/approve it?

I seem to recall many people on this very blog stating emphatically that those of us who saw this coming were being ridiculous.

catmman on June 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Do they get to dress differently or what? I don’t get it.

tomas on June 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

don’t forget Asia/Pacific Islander month.

catmman on June 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I think they should have creepy white guys with 3 names month.

tomas on June 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM

…I’m looking forward to master-bait-ion month!
Look what’s happened in 3 years with President Blame’s crew…and he needs another term because of the headwinds? Great!(and he’s been ‘holding back’ since he has one more election to win)

KOOLAID2 on June 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

when the whites will be a minority (soon to happen) in the US, I am looking forward to celebrate the White History month :) complete with us being called racists and all :)….

jimver on June 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Can’t wait to see the parade.

ccrosby on June 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

There’s an Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month??????

The Ugly American on June 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

…I live in friggin Kalifornia, like I need any reminder that I am surrounded by all sorts of ‘minorities’ black, hispanic, gay ( that btw some are are actually soon majorities)….

jimver on June 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

nothing like a gay pride thread to bring out the right wing bigots aka mainstream republicans

DBear on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

July is Booby Month

faraway on June 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM

No participation from NASA? I expected a gay astronaut or astronautess to be sent to the space station this month.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Klinger must be solo proud!!!!

SayNo2-O on June 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Homophobes at large.

Uppereastside on June 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Is that a new HBO show?

ccrosby on June 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The Pentagon should get back into winning wars and training troops, and get out of the social engineering projects.Romancing the fruits is not a military objective.

savage24 on June 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM

nothing like a gay pride thread to bring out the right wing bigots aka mainstream republicans

DBear on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

So is that a bad thing?

arnold ziffel on June 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Election year political pandering. If the White House changes hands following this year, look for a massive backlash to the current policy from the uniform services. This could get very ugly.

flackcatcher on June 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

when the whites will be a minority (soon to happen) in the US, I am looking forward to celebrate the White History month :) complete with us being called racists and all :)….

jimver on June 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Evidently, when white people become the minority, black folks are planning to exterminate us.

Rebar on June 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

There’s an Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month??????

The Ugly American on June 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I had no idea…is there a French heritage month by any chance :)…that will make feel much less depaysee lol :)…

jimver on June 14, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Because nothing says military leadership and national defense like a penis where it doesn’t belong.

Brad on June 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

There’s an Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month??????

The Ugly American on June 14, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I had no idea…is there a French heritage month by any chance :)…that will make me feel much less depaysee lol :)…

jimver on June 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Is this a mandate?

faraway on June 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

“A report to Panetta with assessments from the individual military service branches said that as of May 1 they had seen no ill effects…”

What a surprise!

Do they know which way the wind is blowing or what?

Drained Brain on June 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

In celebration, half off during the month at Pottery Barn.

The lower half.

fogw on June 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Now that the federal government runs health care, they have incentive to encourage us to make good health choices.

So why are they constantly celebrating a dangerous & unhealthy lifestyle like homosexuality?

Homosexuals die younger.
They commit domestic violence more often.
They are more likely to have STDs.
They are more likely to need psychiatric help.
The are more suicidal.

“But the last two are because of persecution!”

Atheists, Muslims, Christians, Amish, Jews, & lots of other groups get similarly harassed, without the higher levels of those maladies.

itsnotaboutme on June 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Just like when Obowma approved of gay marriage…

… This will probably hurt him in the polls as well.

You want to be gay, fine…

… Just don’t shove it down our throats and declare yourselves a protected priviledged class.

It might not have the consequences that you were planning on…

Seven Percent Solution on June 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

nothing like a gay pride thread to bring out the right wing bigots aka mainstream republicans

DBear on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Yep, you always show, I’ll give that. Here, wait just a second…….I’ll give you this.

Bmore on June 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Because nothing says military leadership and national defense like a penis where it doesn’t belong.

Brad on June 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

You mean like the little fella in the White House?

arnold ziffel on June 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Mainstreaming gross immorality is the only way to secure a prosperous and peaceful future for the United States of America.

tom daschle concerned on June 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

The term ‘gay pride’ is revolting. How can any man be proud of taking another man’s genitals into his mouth or anus? Homosexuality is a mental disorder.

garnkikaloid on June 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Wait until homosexuals start getting those nice “diversity” promotions, over better qualified straights.

Because it’s going to happen, if it hasn’t already.

Rebar on June 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Yep, and that requires a separate track for performance measurement to ensure that the chosen ones move along the track.

Shouldn’t at least one of the Joint Chiefs be gay?

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

nothing like a gay pride thread to bring out the right wing bigots aka mainstream republicans

DBear on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

It doesn’t belong in the military. They get a day for veterans and a day to remember their dead. Now they have to celebrate a month of someone’s pride in their behavior.

hawkdriver on June 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Next the gays in the military will phase out our National Anthem and replace it with YMCA by the Village People.

RedRobin145 on June 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Is this a mandate?

faraway on June 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Careful now. Ernesto’s always is lurking.

CW on June 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

nothing like a gay pride thread to bring out the right wing bigots aka mainstream republicans

DBear on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

ahh, but they wait on the Christian/Muslim bigots to trot out the ‘bigot’ card.

faraway on June 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Remember, repealing DADT will have no adverse effects. And it certainly will never, ever, be used to make the military a political pawn for affecting domestic cultural change.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Stoic Patriot on June 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Next, trannies in the military.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Can someone tell me what the point of a gay pride month (or parade, or march, or whatever) is supposed to be, exactly? They’re proud…great. Why does it have to be a “thing”, though?

I don’t care about gay marriage or gays serving in the military, but having the Pentagon endorse gay pride anything is ridiculous.

changer1701 on June 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

The point of gay pride? The same “point” of Mardi Gras or St. Patrick’s Day or Halloween. Its an excuse to dress up, act a fool get drunk (or high) and party. You don’t *have* to go, just like you don’t *have* to go to a St. Patrick’s day parade. Acting as if its very existence is an affront to you is, uber ironically, so drama queen I can’t even tell you.

libfreeordie on June 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM

wait until we get the first images of the gay pride rainbow flag being walked down the isle to be given a place of prominence on the stage next to the service flags and the national flag when they have the requisite dinner to cap off the monthly celebrations.

catmman on June 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM

You want to know what a nation under judgement looks like?

tom daschle concerned on June 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Do they send them some place special for that?

greggriffith on June 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Because nothing says military leadership and national defense like a penis where it doesn’t belong.

Brad on June 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM

We have one in the White House now.

arnold ziffel on June 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I think it shows the serviceman and women that some, now, get special treatment.

multiuseless on June 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

You don’t *have* to go, just like you don’t *have* to go to a St. Patrick’s day parade. Acting as if its very existence is an affront to you is, uber ironically, so drama queen I can’t even tell you.

libfreeordie on June 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM

You left out KKK marches, Death to America rallies, and cannibal fests.

faraway on June 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I can’t even tell you.

libfreeordie on June 14, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Then why are you running your pie hole?

Bmore on June 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Upside, -wonderfully decorated barracks, and fabulous uniforms. Expect a revolt against those drab camoflage pattern though.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Next, trannies in the military.

slickwillie2001 on June 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM

It’s already happening.

Rebar on June 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM

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