Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are reported to have ordered Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to cancel a drag show that was to be held on base Thursday to mark the start of “Pride” month. The ‘family friendly’ drag show being held for the third year in a row at the base. Orders were to cancel the show or relocate it off base.
The move comes two months after Austin and Milley told Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) at a Congressional hearing they did not approve of drag queen story hours military bases.
Gaetz called out Milley and Austin this month when a ‘cry for help’ was posted about the Nellis drag show.
Lying Lloyd Austin https://t.co/aqGx8XljV1pic.twitter.com/R5sSNtj7Jw
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 19, 2023
Drag shows should not be taking place on military installations with taxpayer dollars PERIOD, especially when they’re openly targeting children to attend.
I’m demanding immediate answers on why these drag shows are still occurring despite @SecDef Austin and General Milley… pic.twitter.com/CobVLfaoSd
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 23, 2023
NBC News was first to report the Pentagon’s orders (excerpt):
Pentagon 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 Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told the Air Force it is not Defense Department 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.
Source: The Gateway Pundit