HIRING THE HUGO WOOSTER: The U.S. military is currently considering hiring a gay chaplain, a move that will come as a relief to many gay men and women who have spent years seeking jobs and promotions despite being considered too mentally unstable or unqualified to handle them.
In fact, the chaplain is the first openly gay person to be tapped to lead the military.
The hiring of the chaplains, however, comes as a blow to some gay men who have worked to win promotions and make friends with the enlisted men and woman in the military, according to several military veterans who spoke to Axios.
Some have spent the last year and a half trying to secure positions, often under the assumption that they’ll be hired anyway, they say.
Many of these veterans, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, say they were shocked when they learned of the military’s decision to hire the gay chapline, according.
“I’ve never seen a time when it’s been like this.
I was going through my own transition in my personal life and I was looking for work and I got the wrong job,” said Army veteran Chris Williams, a 30-year veteran of the Army who worked in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill for a decade.
“They’re looking for people to help them do that.
It’s just sad.
The announcement came as the military was preparing to hold its annual Diversity Summit, the largest gathering of military and civilian leaders in decades, in May, and to launch a new initiative called “Diversity in the Military” to support and promote diversity in the ranks. “
It would be really nice if the military could hire people of all genders and orientations, and that would help them keep their recruiting numbers up and their recruitment numbers up,” Williams added.
The announcement came as the military was preparing to hold its annual Diversity Summit, the largest gathering of military and civilian leaders in decades, in May, and to launch a new initiative called “Diversity in the Military” to support and promote diversity in the ranks.
One of the leaders of the LGBT community in the armed services is Army Reserve Colonel Joe Nocera, who is also the founder and director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He said that he was disappointed to hear about the military considering a gay or transgender person to lead its gay chaplin.
“It would make me sad.
I don’t think it would work.
I think it’s very illogical,” Nocara told Axios in an interview.
“To me, that would be just silly.
That’s a huge, huge step backward in terms of what we’ve been trying to do.
It would be a very sad day when this happens.”
He added: “I don’t want to hear anything about it.
I mean, if it’s not true, then we don’t need to hear it.
We’re not going to do anything about this.”
At a Pentagon press conference, Vice President Joe Biden said he and his military colleagues have reached out to gay and lesbian service members, military personnel, military spouses, and others concerned about the proposed chaplain position.
‘No question’ about gay chaprics, Biden says in new statement on military hiring article “I understand that there is a lot of anxiety that is being expressed about the issue of the sexual orientation or gender identity of our military service members.
I do not believe there is any question that there are LGBT people in the U.P.S.,” Biden said in the statement.
“While we cannot and will not accept or tolerate any discrimination, we will be committed to helping all members of our armed forces and their families to be themselves in their day-to-day lives. “
He went on to say that there have been efforts to hire LGBT service members since last year, including in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. “
While we cannot and will not accept or tolerate any discrimination, we will be committed to helping all members of our armed forces and their families to be themselves in their day-to-day lives.
President Joe Biden speaks during the opening of the annual Pride in America Parade in Washington, DC, June 14, 2017. “
So the President has spoken to our leaders about this issue and I know they are committed to ensuring that we have a culture that is welcoming and supportive of all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation,” Biden said.
President Joe Biden speaks during the opening of the annual Pride in America Parade in Washington, DC, June 14, 2017.
(Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) In January, Vice Admiral Richard C. Allen, the commander of the U .
Pacific Fleet, announced that he had appointed a gay military veteran as the new chief of the Joint Staff, but the appointment was blocked by the Pentagon due to a provision of the Hatch Act.
Allen told the Associated Press in February that his decision to bring on a gay lieutenant colonel had nothing to do with any sexual orientation.