Congress Calls for Accountability Over Taxpayer Funding of Pro-LGBT ‘Pride’ Projects

After the end of what some consider to be “pride month” in June, Republicans in Congress are now calling for accountability over how much the American taxpayers are paying for pro-LGBT initiatives across the country.

As Just The News reports, Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) sent a letter to the Department of Defense (DOD) demanding that the department provide a report on every instance of taxpayer funding for “pride month activities,” with a deadline of July 15th.

“It has come to our attention that the Department of Defense (DoD) will once again divert American families’ tax dollars away from advancing its mission to ‘deter war and ensure our nation’s security’ to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) events during the month of June 2023,” said Roy wrote in his letter. “Expending vital resources on this type of political maneuvering, most apparent during the month of June, is inconsistent with the national security interests of the United States and is an inexcusable use of taxpayer dollars.”

Concerns about the military’s over-emphasis on pro-LGBT initiatives have been raised long before “pride month,” with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) expressing his opposition to such spending back in March. Rubio cited a report revealing that several training materials in the DOD had been altered to include promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism, and other deviant sexual behavior.

“The United States military is the greatest fighting force in the world,” Rubio said at the time. “But woke activists in the Biden Administration are undermining military readiness, cohesion, and purpose.”

The DOD Comptroller recently issued a report revealing that at least $86.5 million had been spent on “dedicated diversity and inclusion activities.”

“The Department will lead with our values – building diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do,” the report declared.

Over the last two years, the Biden Administration’s budget requests for gender and sexuality initiatives around the world has more than doubled.

“The Administration remains steadfast in its commitment to invest in opportunities for women and girls and support the needs of marginalized communities, including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex community,” the most recent budget said. “Reflective of that commitment, the Budget requests more than $3 billion to advance gender equity and equality across a broad range of sectors.”

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: Gender rights activists demonstrate outside the US Supreme Court on June 30, 2023, in Washington, DC. The court ruled on June 30 that some private businesses can refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons, in a landmark erosion of anti-discrimination laws. The court backed the case of a Christian graphic designer from the state of Colorado who said that due to her beliefs she would not make a wedding website for a same-sex couple. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)