For the first time in six years, the Department of Defense did not release a memo marking LGBT Pride Month. The Pentagon also declined to send a high-ranking staffer to emcee an unofficial Pride celebration thrown by a DOD LGBT group, reports The Washington Post. The retreat of support is not a surprise as the Trump administration has demonstrated animus toward LGBT people since the president's inauguration last year. The Defense Department, led by Secretary Jim Mattis, is also trying to put into effect Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops, which is currently tied up in the courts.
June 12 / The Advocate