The US Air Force faced massive backlash on Twitter after its official account tweeted an image of a soldier saluting an LGBTQ flag to ‘Celebrate Pride Month. ‘
The image shows a silhouetted soldier saluting against a rainbow backdrop, along with black and brown and trans colors and the Air Force seal.
The gender of the soldier is not clear, but it appears that it’s not meant be, if the context of the LGBTQ flag is to be considered.
The caption reads:
“June is #PrideMonth! The Department of the Air Force proudly recognizes and celebrates generations of LGBTQI+ service members and their contributions to our #AirForce & #SpaceForce.”
The Air Force Global Strike Command responded to the tweet, writing, “Our diversity is our competitive advantage.”
Then the backlash came like an avalanche…
Earlier this month, the United States Navy’s official Twitter account quietly removed its rainbow-colored LGBTQ graphic in support of Pride Month after facing similar backlash.
As The Daily Fetched reported:
The LGBT graphic featured aircraft and ships with rainbow colors streaming from them and the word “Pride” in different colors.
However, the Navy Twitter account later changed its cover from LGBTQ colors to a photo of a ship deck from a control tower.
The Navy account obviously wasn’t expecting such an intense backlash.
“Why are recruiting numbers so bad???” one Twitter account named @BowTiedRanger tweeted with a screenshot of the Navy account’s graphic.