Pentagon leaders cancel drag show at a Nevada Air Force base

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01 Jun 2023, 12:17 am

Air Force leaders approved the show at Nellis AFB in celebration of Pride Month, but Defense Secretary Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley said no

Defense Department leaders have stepped in to stop a drag show scheduled for Thursday at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, according to two defense officials and a U.S. official.

The show, which was in celebration of Pride Month, was approved by Air Force leaders, but Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, told the Air Force it is not Pentagon policy to fund drag shows on bases and the show should be canceled or moved off base.

Drag shows and events on military bases have become a politically contentious issue in recent months, with conservative politicians and pundits arguing the military should not be spending taxpayer money on them.

At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on March 29, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., angrily questioned Austin and Milley about drag queen story hours on bases around the world, including in Montana, Nevada, Virginia and Germany.

“Drag queen story hours is not something that the department funds,” Austin told the committee.

Milley chimed in, asking to see the flyers for the events Gaetz was referring to and saying he was not aware of such events and does not support their being held on military bases.

“I’d like to take a look at those, because I don’t agree with those,” Milley said.

When Milley was informed about the event this week, he was visibly angry about the decision to host the event on base, a U.S. official and a defense official said.

Consistent with Secretary Austin’s congressional testimony, the Air Force will not host drag events at its installations or facilities. Commanders have been directed to either cancel or relocate these events to an off-base location,” an Air Force official said when asked about the Nellis event.

“Per DoD Joint Ethics Regulation (JER), certain criteria must be met for persons or organizations acting in non-Federal capacity to use DoD facilities and equipment. As Secretary Austin has said, the DOD will not host drag events at U.S. military installations or facilities. Hosting these types of events in federally funded facilities is not a suitable use of DOD resources,” deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh said in a statement.

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02 Jun 2023, 2:04 am

Now what are those pilots gonna jerk off to?* Each other? Jesus.. they’re in the airforce not the navy! At least let them watch drag ffs. :roll:

*Kidding. Drag isn’t porn. Only maga republican politicians and right wing media echo chamber types seem to be getting boners from watching drag shows.

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02 Jun 2023, 7:06 am

It’s the idea of a woman who actually has what they really want under that dress….


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02 Jun 2023, 7:09 am

I suppose next the brass will ban the watching of M*A*S*H (the TV series), for reasons which should be obvious . . .


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