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[-] [email protected] 39 points 3 weeks ago

On May 17, the National Park Service officially determined that park rangers and other employees cannot attend Pride festivities and parades in uniform. This decision reverses a long history of allowing such participation and even having official delegation in Pride parades across the United States. Anonymous LGBTQ+ employees report feeling betrayed and note that official Pride participation in major cities is uncertain as multiple parades finalize and applications to participate in parades remain unprocessed. The move comes amid increasing crackdowns on Pride flags and LGBTQ+ people nationwide. In most cases, Republican legislators and appointees have been behind such bans, but this time, it appears the National Park Service, led by a Biden-approved director, is restricting park participation in LGBTQ+ celebrations.

[-] gedaliyah 31 points 3 weeks ago

There are straight park rangers?

[-] FlyingSquid 15 points 3 weeks ago
[-] [email protected] 29 points 3 weeks ago

I'm surprised they allowed it at all. Usually any organization, public or private, will tell employees not to imply endorsement of anything not officially sponsored.

I'm also surprised that Stonewall is a national monument. Apparently it was an Obama decision, so I guess it was a fuck-you to hate.

[-] PrinceWith999Enemies 41 points 3 weeks ago

Are they barred from veteran’s day and St. Patrick’s Day parades as well, or does the NPS participate in those? How about 4th of July?

Has this always been the case? If not, who was on the board that made the decision and what is their political affiliation?

In a world where half the electorate thinks a judge must be prejudiced and has no problem with their autocratic leader saying that ethnicity decides whether someone is “fair,” I think these are legitimate followup questions.

We needed a de-trumpification of the government. Anyone appointed by Trump or hired by an appointee should have been dismissed. This is basically what Trump is planning on doing.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 3 weeks ago

This comes from Frank Lands, who joined NPS in 2021. The director of NPS, Chuck Sams, was confirmed also in 2021. Both are from the Biden administration.

[-] deweydecibel 11 points 3 weeks ago

So by the sound of it, no one is being bared from participating, and the Pride events in the parks are not cancelled, though a bunch of approvals for participation in other events are waiting on a decision.

Just can't use the official NPS uniforms.

Ok. Fair enough.

Every NPS employee should get custom shirts that state clearly who they work for. Maybe even design them to look similar to the uniforms. March in those, and leave no question who you are. Then we'll see what happens.

[-] [email protected] 23 points 3 weeks ago

A federal government organization is pulling back from openly supporting lgbtq+. It's a big fuck you to the community and a big deal. Somebody decided that supporting that community was a bad look and had the power to be a dick about it.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 3 weeks ago

That somebody is Charles "Chuck" Sam's the third, a Biden appointment and first native American to serve in the position.

[-] AncientFutureNow 7 points 3 weeks ago

This is some bullshit.

[-] Nurse_Robot 6 points 3 weeks ago
[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago

Biden's national parks service director said no

this post was submitted on 24 May 2024
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