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Army’s top enlisted leader defends unit’s ‘Pride’ Month post amid Twitter backlash.

The Army’s Top Enlisted Leader Engages in Twitter Battle to Defend Unit’s ‘Pride’ Month Post

The Army’s top enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, has fired back at critics of a post from the 82nd Airborne celebrating LGBT members. In a two-day Twitter battle, Grinston condemned the criticism as harassment and defended the unit’s observance of “pride month.”

The 82nd Airborne’s post, which kick-started the unit’s pride month observance, received backlash from Twitter users, many of whom identified themselves as veterans. They called the post a “disgrace” and claimed it distracted from the Army’s mission.

In response, Grinston took to Twitter to address the criticism. He emphasized that discriminatory harassment, based on factors such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or sexual orientation, is unacceptable. Grinston stood up for lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals who serve in the Army and called out the critics for their bigotry.

The 82nd Airborne’s tweet recommended Army families to check out a book called “Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens” from the on-base library. The unit also suggested another book that helps parents learn how to support their LGBT child. These titles, intended for ages 13 and up, sparked further debate among Twitter users.

While some praised Grinston for defending LGBT individuals, others argued that expressing disagreement does not constitute harassment. The Twitter battle continued with users exchanging opinions on various topics, including the Army’s retention goals, military appreciation month, and the issue of food insecurity among service members.

Grinston shared articles and information to counter the critics’ claims, highlighting the Army’s efforts to address financial struggles and support its personnel. The Twitter skirmish eventually concluded, but it exemplified how senior military leaders are not afraid to engage in cultural controversies and defend their positions.


The Twitter battle between the Army’s top enlisted leader and critics of the 82nd Airborne’s pride month post showcased the ongoing debates surrounding LGBT issues within the military. It also highlighted the willingness of senior military leaders to address cultural controversies and stand up for the rights of all service members.

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