So long Bob Hope and the USO. Entertainment for U.S. troops stationed overseas appears to be turning to the bizarre and aberrant, as the brass at Kadena Air Base in Japan recently turned a blind eye to a “drag queen” show at the base's NCO club.
The Defense Department's official service member newspaper, Stars and Stripes, reported that while the Pentagon has thrown in the towel on allowing homosexual soldiers and same-sex marriage ceremonies on military bases, morals and morale have appeared to take an additional tumble as military personnel at the base “may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender troops.”
The military newspaper reported that on March 2 a half dozen soldiers, “gay, lesbian and straight, donned heavy makeup to dance and lip sync songs such as ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ for a raucous capacity crowd at the Rocker NCO Club at Kadena Air Base. The event was a fundraiser for the recently formed Okinawa chapter of OutServe-SLDN, which is the largest nonprofit advocate for the military’s LGBT community.”
The paper glibly called the event a “sign of the times” in America's military, noting that “just a few years ago, gay and lesbian drag performances on a military base would have been unthinkable and potentially a cause for dismissal from the service.”
Not only are military commanders tolerating such untoward behavior, but they have welcomed homosexual activist groups onto military installations, with OutServe Okinawa free to put on its fundraising drag show for the entertainment of service members. Navy Lt. Marissa Greene, co-chapter leader of OutServe Okinawa, told Stars and Stripes that her group was thrilled to have sold some 400 tickets to the gay show. “We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an event like this on the island, but it has actually blown up,” she said.
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Photo: Screen-grab of “drag show” at Kadena Air Base