Melanie Nathan was excited to speak during Pride Month before a military audience at two Southern California naval bases last month.

Nathan, a well-known speaker and writer based out of San Francisco, was eager to relate the history of the long, ongoing struggle for LGBT rights in the U.S. and around the world. The talk would have been especially poignant given the difficulties the military has faced in grappling with the issues of gays, lesbians, and trans people serving in uniform.

But then, just as she was polishing her presentation, the Naval Equal Employment Opportunity officer cancelled the engagement, violating their signed contract. Because of “several comments you’ve made on Twitter regarding our nation’s current administration . . . we need to cease further discussions with you regarding our Pride Month events,” the message said. Read the full article On Dick and Sharon’s LA Progressive here