(ConcernedPatriot.com) – The United States Army Special Operations Command published an intersex-inclusive pride banner across all its social media channels, drawing condemnation from former Green Berets and conservative comments.
The banner, also known as the intersex-inclusive Pride Progress flag, was uploaded by the command, which creates the Army’s Special Forces, along with the following statement on its Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts:
USASOC recognizes June as Pride month, celebrating all LGBTQ+ members in our formations. Throughout American history, LGBTQ+ members have not only fought for the right to serve openly, but have also fought in every major war and conflict. pic.twitter.com/MhwAXyIUD5
— USASOC (@USASOCNews) June 22, 2023
The “intersex” emblem, a purple circle on a yellow background, was present on the flag. Both the flag and the USASOC symbol were shown.
“Intersex” is defined as “those whose bodies do not align with the gender binaries of males or females” in a Boston University article. These people come in both genital and other varieties.
According to the article, yellow and purple hues are intended to be perceived as “nonbinary colors.”
Additionally, the flag had three colors: white, light blue, and pink, which, according to the story, stand for boys, girls, and “those who are transitioning, have no gender, or are gender neutral.”
“And you jackasses wonder why the military as a whole can’t even meet its recruiting goals,” wrote a former Green Beret in reply.
“There is only one flag you should be proud of—the one our brothers and sisters perished fighting for.”
And you jackasses wonder why the military as a whole can’t even meet its recruiting goals?
There’s only one flag you should be proud of, the one we fought under and many of our brothers and sisters died under. pic.twitter.com/RS9iPeExzh
— Ex Umbris Designs 🇺🇸🤘🏻 (@ExUmbrisDesigns) June 22, 2023
The Sara Carter Show presenter and Fox News contributor Sara Carter, criticized the command’s posts on Twitter, writing:
My husband was in Special Operations Command for more than 16 years and continued to serve beyond – but he fought for the American flag, not the LGBTQ flag
See, here’s the problem – The American flag represents all Americans and the rights we cherish – we don’t need the bizarre multi-colored flag to appreciate the freedom my husband and so many others (gay or not) risked their lives for or lost their lives for – your priorities are so F’ked up.”
.@USASOCNews My husband was in Special Operations Command for more than 16 years and continued to serve beyond – but he fought for the American flag not the LGBTQ flag
See, here’s the problem – The American flag represents all Americans and the rights we cherish – we don’t need… https://t.co/tcdSP6C5hu
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) June 23, 2023
Some responses were also hidden by the official Twitter account @USASOCNews, including one that featured a picture of Chinese and Russian military leaders laughing.
In a statement, a representative for USASOC claimed that the flag displayed at its stations was per a document issued by the Department of Defense designating June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month.”
The spokesperson stated:
“In June, the Army recognizes LGBTQ service members and civilians for their service to the Army and the nation. Pride Month is a nationally recognized observance celebrating the LGBTQ community, its advocates, and allies by promoting community, unity and pride.
The social media post you reference is meant to be reflective of the DoD memorandum published on May 31, 2023, stating that the Department recognizes June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQ+) Pride Month.”
In fact, Gilbert Cisneros, Jr., Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, released a memo on May 31, 2023, including “intersex” in the Department’s recognition of Pride Month. He is the top human resources officer at the Pentagon.
Last year, a message from Cisneros commemorating Pride Month omitted the term “intersex.”
There is awareness about the number of intersex or non-binary individuals serving in the Special Forces.
However, when asked about social media posts related to this topic, USASOC declined to comment, even though Army Gen. Bryan Fenton may have been aware of them.
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