||U.S. Navy takes down Pride posts
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The U.S. Navy took down posts celebrating the start of Pride Month from its official Instagram and Twitter accounts, according to The Hill.
The service's Instagram account, on June 1, featured a post depicting a fighter jet with the LGBTQ flag colors in its wake; however, by June 2, the image was gone.
The move is the latest in a string of Pentagon efforts to move away from culture wars, with top Defense officials moving to ban drag performances on all military installations.
In a statement to The Hill, a Navy spokesperson avoided discussing removing the posts, stating, "The US Navy posted graphics in support of the start of Pride month to honor the service, commitment, and sacrifice of 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."
Windy City Times noticed a pro-LGBTQI+ letter (dated June 2) on the military branch's Twitter account that was signed by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro. (The Instagram account features the letter and a quote from it.) At the end, the letter urges people to "learn more about the cultural heritage and contributions of the LGBTQI+ community to our Nation at www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/diversity/lgbt.html .
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