Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was swiftly fact checked after she claimed that the United States only designates one day to honor military members who have died while in service to the country.
Greene said that "millions in spending through corporations and our government on LGBTQ sexual identity needs to end," suggesting that Pride Month, the observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements is superfluous in comparison.
Greene is wrong to suggest that the military only gets one day.
In fact, May–the month that just passed–is Military Appreciation Month, culiminating in Memorial Day, which is a national day of mourning to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
Military Appreciation Month was officially designated by Congress in 1999. Memorial Day isn't the only day in May that specifically honors members of the armed forces either.
As USO.org, the nonprofit-charitable corporation that provides live entertainment, such as comedians, actors and musicians, social facilities, and other programs to members of the armed forces and their families, points out:
"Although the entire month is designated to honoring past and present military members and their families, there are several, specific military holidays sprinkled throughout Military Appreciation Month itself, including Loyalty Day, VE Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day."
Additionally, June 6, known as D-Day, commemorates the landing operations and associated airborne operations on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II.
Veterans Day, which occurs on November 11 every year, is also a federal holiday for honoring military veterans.
Many were quick to point out Greene's error and remind her that the LGBTQ+ community continues to fight for representation and recognition, especially in light of a recent wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation from legislatures around the country.
Greene is one of the more vocally anti-LGBTQ+ members of Congress.
In March, she was criticized after she launched into an attack against Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten, demanding they “stay out of our girls' bathrooms" and suggested that they are both sexual predators.
Greene also has a history of dehumanizing transgender people.
She made headlines last year after she raised the anti-trans flag outside her office, which happens to sit directly across from the office of Representative Marie Newman, an Illinois Democrat. Earlier, Newman had raised a trans flag to support her transgender daughter following a contentious debate about the Equality Act, which Greene opposed.
Greene's behavior drew bipartisan criticism, including from Republicans who'd earlier voted to strip her of her committee assignments after she made anti-Semitic remarks and promoted violence against Democrats.
She recently garnered significant criticism after she melted down after someone vandalized an anti-transgender sign she displays outside her office, referring to the culprits as "crazy and deranged."
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