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Video: Defense contractor Lockheed Martin sponsors Pride Month events

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 13, 2023

Lockheed Martin, an American aerospace, arms, defense, technology and information security corporation, recently sponsored a Pride Month parade in the nation’s capital and a Pride Month festival in Texas.

Charlie Kirk, founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, shared a video of Lockheed Martin’s sponsorship of the Washington, D.C., Pride March, claiming the event is more evidence of “woke” military contractors.

“Lockheed Martin, enriched by Washington’s love affair with bombing far off lands, sponsors a Pride March in DC,” Kirk said. “The woke Military Industrial Complex strikes again.”

The Lockheed Martin Corporation, which is headquartered near Washington, D.C., in North Bethesda, Maryland, has received pushback for its sponsorship of the LGBTQ event.

“Lockheed Martin want you to know that despite arming Saudi Arabia with missiles and other military equipment, they are BIG supporters of LGBT rights,” Ben Kew, a Red State journalist, tweeted. “Isn’t that just lovely?”

In addition to its sponsorship of the Pride March in Washington, D.C., Lockheed Martin also sponsored a recent pride festival in Dallas, Texas. According to the Texas Scorecard, the Pride festival at Fair Park in Dallas took place on June 3, featuring drag performances by pole dancers, satanists and sexually explicit performers. The performances were staged in front of children at the event.

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Texas Scorecard also reported that during the event, the city replaced all of its American flags at Fair Park with LGBTQ+ flags.

“As expected, this event was far from family-friendly,” Austin Griesinger, policy director for Texas Family Project, said. “Shame on the City of Dallas for enabling groomers and advertising this horrific event to children. It’s disgusting and needs to come to an end.”

On June 1, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin released a statement recognizing Pride Month and the “LGBTQ+ service members and personnel who volunteer to defend” the United States.