Pentagon leaders cancel drag show at a Nevada Air Force base

NBC News

By Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains
Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.L.E. Baskow / Las Vegas Review-Journal

Defense Department leaders have stepped in to stop a drag show scheduled for Thursday at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, according to two defense officials and a U.S. official.

The show, which was in celebration of Pride Month, was approved by Air Force leaders, but Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, told the Air Force it is not Pentagon policy to fund drag shows on bases and the show should be canceled or moved off base. 

Drag shows and events on military bases have become a politically contentious issue in recent months, with conservative politicians and pundits arguing the military should not be spending taxpayer money on them. 

Publish : 2023-06-01 13:23:00

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