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Gay Military Requested For San Diego Pride

By Charlotte Robinson, July 14, 2012
San Diego Pride officials are asking gay & lesbian uniformed active duty service members & their families to join their pride parade. Active duty gay military have received approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense & their commanding officers to march in the America’s Pride Parade Military Contingent while wearing their uniforms. Gay veterans have long been allowed to wear their uniforms & now their active duty brothers & sisters will be able to march in uniform alongside them with Pride. In a videotaped message released in June, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stated: “Before the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ you faithfully served your country with professionalism & courage. And just like your fellow service members, you put your country before yourself. And now—after repeal, you can be proud of serving your country & be proud of who you are when in uniform.” In 2011, San Diego made global news as being the first city in the United States to have a gay active duty military contingent in a Pride Parade. With the theme of America’s Pride, San Diego Pride is looking to continue to break exciting new ground & push forward on issues of equality. “The promise of America grounded in the Constitution, contained in our Pledge of Allegiance, inscribed on the Statue of Liberty and enunciated by generations of our nation’s leaders is that America stands for liberty, for justice, for equality for all. This has been America’s Pride,” announced Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride. San Diego Pride is July 20th & 22nd & so far they have over 300 individuals signed up for this one contingent.
For More Info: sdpride.org/military
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