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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 13th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

US Air Force Uses Drag Queen To Promote Diversity Day

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I have to wonder if gay servicemembers want to be stereotyped as drag queens?:

The U.S. Air Force said that a well-known drag queen group was invited to perform on base during a “Diversity Day” celebration because drag is a “symbol of gay pride and unity. But the performance sparked outrage among some airmen who called the drag show “totally offensive and inappropriate.”

Jewels and the Brunchettes performed to a small crowd at the Los Angeles Air Force Base on Aug. 8, the military confirmed.

The Air Force said in a statement to Fox News that “Diversity Day” featured eight cultural groups and was meant to “foster equality and diversity in the workplace.”

Photographs provided to Fox News show an individual wearing a giant wig and sporting form-fitting dresses performing to a sparse crowd underneath the American flag.

“Drag acts to this day represent the struggle for freedom and equality of the LGBT community, while at the same time providing a deep-rooted historical form of entertainment for the LGBT culture,” said Peggy Hodge, a spokesperson for the Office of Public Affairs.

The military said the drag queen group did not include any members of the Air Force.

“Drag queen acts are historically one of the main forms of entertainment in the LGBT culture, having its roots in the earliest of days of the gay rights movement,” Hodge said in a written statement.   [Fox News via This Ain't Hell]

You can read more at the link, but I wonder if Lt Col Krusinski was invited to the event?

 

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  • ChickenHead
    9:29 pm on August 13th, 2013 1

    Crossdressers and homosexuals are the same thing just like Chinese and Japanese, right USAF?

  • Retired GI
    9:39 pm on August 13th, 2013 2

    Good point ChickenHead.

    I wonder if they will bring back the gogo dancers at the 101 club Fort Campbell.
    Likely not. That would be gross to have real females dancing in the 101 club. Likely have drag queens instead. That isn’t gross.

  • BBBBBBBBBBell
    9:55 pm on August 13th, 2013 3

    When did Americans forget that there is a time and place for everything? Why does something like this need to be shoved down one’s throat (yes I am sure attendance was mandatory for some). I personally could care less about a drag show, but I also don’t mind South Park, curse words, and obscene gestures. I damn sure would not push those things on others.
    This is proof that the military has completely lost it. The fact that they promote homosexuality with a drag show IS offensive. How about you promote homosexuality with the military values we have? A stable gay couple? People looking after each other while putting there sexuality on the back burner? Why can’t we do these things? I am at a loss.

  • JoeC
    11:51 pm on August 13th, 2013 4

    ““Drag queen acts are historically one of the main forms of entertainment in the LGBT culture, having its roots in the earliest of days of the gay rights movement,” Hodge said in a written statement.”

    Now, DoD PA’s are authorities on LGBT culture. Who knew there was an LGBT culture? :roll:

  • Mooseknuckle
    1:09 am on August 14th, 2013 5

    What about the leather and a$$less chaps performance?

  • Avatar of MTB Rider
    1:37 am on August 14th, 2013 6

    By that logic, should I go to a Black History Month event in Al Jolson black-face to show my respect for the soldiers and sailors of color who served over the years?

    Well, they do serve some kick-ass margaritas during Cinco de Mayo celebrations of Hispanic Heritage, so…

    “Are you a Mexican, or a Mexican’t?”
    “Dude, I’m from Peru…”

  • JoeC
    1:48 am on August 14th, 2013 7

    #5

    Yup … Invite the flamers to come out and prance around to demonstrate what being gay or lesbian is all about.

  • Liz
    2:53 am on August 14th, 2013 8

    I guess it’s true. They really do hand out lobotomies at those ‘top three’ meetings.

    Navy will probably see this and try to outdo them next month with glory hole casual Fridays or something.

  • nomad
    3:21 am on August 14th, 2013 9

    Retired GI,

    What is this 101 Club you speak of?

  • ChickenHead
    4:11 am on August 14th, 2013 10

    I might have spoken out of turn here.

    Jewels and the Brunchettes are SMOKING hot and put those butch Thai ladyboys to shame. I can completely see how military guys would be falling all over these babes. Just looking at some of their pictures has made me question my sexuality in a very uncomfortable way.

    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/734479_10151308467405592_459719418_n.jpg

  • Simon The Good
    4:14 am on August 14th, 2013 11

    What’s up with the “OMG” emotions about this? That’s what being gay means. It sure as hell isn’t about drinking beer, eating steak, and watching John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies.

  • Angel of Retribution
    4:16 am on August 14th, 2013 12

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwQodHE0wAY

  • Ole Tanker
    9:58 am on August 14th, 2013 13

    Broke Back Mountain showing for OPD tomorrow at 0h Nine Hundred:)

  • Burma Bob
    8:16 pm on August 15th, 2013 14

    It’s been a few years, but one notorious case was of a SSG who was drafted in 1971, never made any bones about his orientation and was also a much sought-after dry performer. The case came to light when he finally landed in a unit where the BC was chaptering him out, just a few years shy of 20. The guy was stationed at Hovey when I was there in the 80′s, and even did his act at a BDE field day.

  • Burma Bob
    8:17 pm on August 15th, 2013 15

    I meant “drag performer”

  • Retired GI
    11:00 pm on August 15th, 2013 16

    Nomad, the 101 Club was on Fort Campbell’s airfield. Walking back from the hanger to the barracks you would walk past it and stop in for a beer on the to your room. No strippers but lightly clothed dancer. No reason to leave the post.
    It is gone now I hear. That was in the 80s and early 90s. The Army still sucked, but at least it was a real Army minus the Political Correctness.

  • ChickenHead
    11:41 pm on August 15th, 2013 17

    The backpedaling has started…

    The Air Force issued this statement:

    “Our number one priority is to reinforce tolerance in the diversity of airmen and their families as well as foster equality and diversity in the workplace. This acceptance extends to those in our community positioned across the entire spectrum of sexuality and those who may engage in a non-traditional lifestyle. While our intention was to demonstrate these core values in a representative and inclusive way through performances at Diversity Day, we fell slightly short of our high goals. We now recognize our chosen performance was not fully a universal symbol of pride and unity in the community we were celebrating for Diversity Day. At next month’s Diversity Day, we will have more diversity in our performances to more broadly represent the community.”

    The schedule:

    Big Bear Bob and His Little Twinkletoes
    Harley Ryder and the Chap Masturs
    Liptick Lezzy’s Fag Hag Review
    Flaming Freddy’s Glorious Hole
    The Amazing Topless Bottom
    Circuit Boys vs Art Fags: Destination Baby Oil

  • Retired GI
    11:53 pm on August 15th, 2013 18

    ^ :grin:

 

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