US Navy Used Drag Queen to Entice Recruits

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( – A report has revealed that the US Navy used a transgender individual described as a “drag queen influencer” to find recruits.

The US Navy designated an active duty officer who is also a “drag queen” to serve as its “digital ambassador” for recruitment, Breitbart News reports.

The Navy has officially confirmed the role of the transgender social media influencer.

He was exposed as US Navy Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, who goes by the stage name of “Harpy Daniels.”

Kelley was involved in the Navy’s pilot ambassador program between October 2022 and March 2023.

It is noted that he had been performing as a drag queen “for a while.” However, he attracted public attention due to a video of him that went viral on social media this week.

In the November 2022 video he posted on Instagram, the active-duty naval officer drag queen revealed he was asked to become the “first” “Navy Digital Ambassador.”

“I identify as Non-Binary and this has been an unbelievable experience since I’ve joined the Navy,” he wrote in the video caption.

“From joining to 2016 and being able to share my drag experience on my off time with my fellow sailors has been a blessing,” Kelley added.  

“This experience has brought me so much strength, courage and ambition to continue being an advocate and representation of queer sailors! Thank you to the Navy for giving me this opportunity! I don’t speak for the Navy but simply sharing my experience in the Navy! Hooyah, and let’s go Slay!” the drag queen elaborated.

He also revealed he performed a lip-singing drag show for the first before fellow sailors during a deployment in 2017 and 2018.

A video from his second show was posted on “international platforms.”

In social media comments on Tuesday, Kelley reacted to the resentment and criticism by Graham Allen, a conservative podcaster.

“Here you go for my rebuddle [sic],” the active-duty drag queen wrote.

“Queer ppl were oppressed in the military for years only until 2011 and trans people since 2021. You only want to support the military when it benefits you and doesn’t involve queer people. Yet the military is the largest diverse, and adaptable organization in the use [sic],” he added.

A Navy spokeswoman said in a statement that using YN2 Kelley as a “digital ambassador” was meant to attract a wider pool of recruits.

“The Navy Digital Ambassador Program was a pilot initiative designed to explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates as the Navy navigates the most challenging recruiting environment it has faced since the start of the all-volunteer force,” the spokeswoman said.

“The pilot has concluded; we are evaluating the program and how it will exist in the future,” she added.

Another Navy spokesperson told Fox News that Kelly or the other “Navy Digital Ambassadors” did not receive any pay for their services.

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