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Major Air Force base cmte. planning Pride Month parade around base housing where troops, families live

A rainbow flag waves at the starting line of a Pride Observance Month 5K run at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 21, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal)
June 16, 2023

A Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) committee on Laughlin Air Force Base is planning a Pride Month parade around base housing where U.S. troops and their families live.

A group of volunteers with the committee is working on the parade, base spokesperson Tech. Sgt. Dustin Mullin told the Daily Caller, adding that the committee has not yet received final approval for the event.

“A team of volunteers, under Laughlin’s Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee, are planning the Pride Parade for Laughlin Airmen, however, approval for the parade is in coordination and there is no confirmed time, date, or route,” Mullin said.  

A photo of an advertisement for the parade was posted on Twitter showing the event is tentatively scheduled for June 30 at 2:00 p.m.

“Laughlin Air Force Base has scheduled a gay pride parade for June 30. The parade route will take place in the housing area where service members and their families live,” TRMLX tweeted.

Mullin noted that neither potential participants nor families have been issued guidance for the event because the committee is still waiting for final approval.

“Neither the event or route have been approved,” Mullin added. “Approval for the parade is in coordination.”

Drag events will no longer be allowed at U.S. military facilities or installations under President Joe Biden’s Defense Department, a spokesperson confirmed earlier this month.

“Per DoD Joint Ethics Regulation (JER), certain criteria must be met for persons or organizations acting in non-federal capacity to use DoD facilities and equipment,” Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh said in a statement, according to Politico. “As [Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin] has said, the DoD will not host drag events at U.S. military installations or facilities. Hosting these types of events in federally funded facilities is not a suitable use of DOD resources.”

Service members “are diverse and are allowed to have personal outlets,” Singh added.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.