August 5, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Trump’s Army Secretary Pick Believes Being Trans is Immoral

By Doug Montgomery

In many ways, Mark E. Green is a common sense pick for Army Secretary: He is a retired army officer, he served on the Special Operations unit that captured Saddam Hussein, and he is a Tennessee state politician with business experience. Nonetheless, his nomination has met heavy opposition from LGBTQ advocacy groups who say his history of bigotry towards those groups should disqualify him from the position.

Most recently in his career, Green served as a Tennessee state senator with aspirations for the governorship.

Green has a long history of antagonistic comments towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. He once suggested that transgender people suffer from a disease, and last fall, he said that while most millennials accept transgender people, he would be a moral “light” on the issue.

“If you really want to bring this back to who’s at fault, I mean we gotta look a little bit inwardly,” he said. “I mean, we’ve tolerated immorality and we’re not reflecting light.”

While in the Tennessee legislature, he sponsored a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

In a conference call with journalists, Officials with the Human Rights Campaign and the American Military Partners Association lambasted Green’s views as outdated and dangerous, calling Green’s selection “appalling.” Stephen Peters, the national press secretary for Human Rights Campaign, said that Green has “gone out of his way” to target LGBT people throughout his career.

Green would replace former Army secretary Eric Fanning, who was the first openly gay service secretary.

Green himself is Trump’s second pick for the position, as his first, billionaire Vincent Viola, withdrew from consideration because of concerns over financial entanglements.

Although he voiced surprising support for sexual and gender minorities while campaigning, since his election, Donald Trump has appointed to posts in his administration vocal opponents of LGBTQ rights, including Mike Pence, Ken Blackwell, and Jeff Sessions.

In a statement released Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed enthusiasm for the choice of Green.

“Mark will provide strong civilian leadership, improve military readiness and support our service members, civilians, and their families,” Mattis said. “I am confident of Mark’s ability to effectively lead the Army.”

Related Posts

Inclusive Pregnant Man Emoji May Be Coming To Software Updates

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

More inclusive emojis may be coming to future software updates, including one of a pregnant man. A “pregnant man” and...

$3 Million To Train California Teachers On LGBTQ Issues

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom approved a final state budget that includes $3 million for LGBTQ cultural competency training for public...

PReP, The HiV Prevention Pill, Free

July 26, 2021

July 26, 2021

Insurers have been advised that they shouldn’t be charging for Truvada and Descovy as HIV prevention and that associated clinic...

Talkshoplive Announces GLAAD As June Charity

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

As Pride Month kicks off, talkshoplive, the groundbreaking livestream commerce platform, announces GLAAD will be talkshoplive’s charity of the month...

LA Based Gay Comedian Nicky Paris Is Breaking Barriers

May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

Nicky Paris is an LA Based gay comedian on the rise.  Making waves performing throughout the country, Paris has been...

Crimson & Clover Studio De-stigmatizing Sex Through Humor

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Crimson and Clover Studio is an online retailer that sells goods to invoke laughter and destigmatize sex through humor featuring...

Michael Mayo Finds Freedom on Debut Album “Bones”

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Bisexual rising vocalist, songwriter and instrumentalist Michael Mayo will be debuting his newest album.  Mayo’s genre-defying, highly personal debut solo...

Welly Partnering With PFLAG For Pride Month

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

Premium first aid brand, Welly is excited to announce they have partnered with PFLAG to celebrate Pride month.  Founded in...

The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

The Trevor Project’s third annual National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health emphasizes the need for greater investment in mental...

Skittles Gives Up Rainbow For Pride

May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021

As Pride season approaches, Skittles has announced that it will be giving up it’s rainbow again because “only one rainbow...

Instagram Has Finally Added Pronouns

May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021

In an effort to be more inclusive the popular social media platform Instagram has finally introduced pronouns on user profiles. ...

2021 Pride Announces “Thrive With Pride” Theme

May 15, 2021

May 15, 2021

LA Pride has announced its 2021 pride theme this year called “Thrive With Pride”.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in...

Ellen DeGeneres Ending 18 Year Talk Show

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

After more than 3,000 episodes and 19 seasons it is confirmed that Ellen DeGeneres is ending her talk show The...

Stoli Vodka’s Harvey Milk Collector’s Edition Bottle

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

In honor of Pride 2021 Stoli Vodka has launched a limited edition Harvey Milk collectors edition bottle.  On Harvey Milk...

Celebrate National Masturbation Month

May 9, 2021

May 9, 2021

May is National Masturbation Month with National Masturbation Day, also known as International Masturbation Day being celebrated on May 7th. ...