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Troops Allowed to March in Uniform for Pride Parade

Saturday will be the first time such a broad permission has been granted for a pride parade in the nation, said Dwayne Crenshaw Executive Director of San Diego Pride.

The Department of Defense has allowed service members to march in uniform at the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade downtown Saturday.

It is the first parade in the nation where all service members are allowed to wear their military uniform, said Dwayne Crenshaw Executive Director of San Diego Pride. 

"Many of them have died for their country in uniform," he said. "It is fitting that many of them can wear their uniform before their family and friends and be cheered for their service to their county as their full and authentic self."

Permission was granted to that parade only by René C. Bardof, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs for Community and Public Outreach.

Bardof outlined two conditions:

  • Members must participate in their personal capacity
  • Uniforms must adhere to military standards

Previously, service members had to get permission for their chains of command, Crenshaw said, adding that he encourages service members to still check in with their commanders. 

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center will march in the parade. Its director, Max Disposti, said in an email that the permission is great news for service members and their families.

"San Diego County has been taking the lead on acceptance and inclusiveness in the past years—a demonstration that gay prides and parades are not only needed celebrated events but another way to move forward towards full equality under the law," he said. 

Tell us in the comments:

What do you think about troops being allowed to wear their uniforms in the parade?

Daniel Woolfolk July 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM
We've got quite a few LGBT stories related to the military. To read more visit: http://camppendleton.patch.com/topics/gay-and-lesbian-news
Libi Uremovic July 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM
good for them......
KAYJAY July 20, 2012 at 08:09 AM
O'AH DRESS RIGHT LEFT & COVER DOWN,SIX TO THE FRONT & NINE TO THE REAR,OR IS IT 6 TO RIGHT & 9 TO THE LEFT....SWING THM HIPS SOLDIER O'AH ......
KAY JAY July 20, 2012 at 08:11 AM
O'AH DRESS RIGHT LEFT & COVER DOWN,SIX TO THE FRONT & NINE TO THE REAR,OR IS IT 6 TO RIGHT & 9 TO THE LEFT....SWING THM HIPS SOLDIER O'AH ......
Walt Jones July 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Next thing will be PINK barracks, PINK running shorts,PINK running shoes....What is becoming of my CORPS.................Gunny...........'53 to 75
Libi Uremovic July 20, 2012 at 06:51 PM
seems like the gay ones are defending the country while the straight ones steal from the country... http://imperialbeach.patch.com/articles/former-seal-receives-17-year-sentence-for-arms-smuggling 10 % of the country is gay walt....if you don't like it then stop sticking your hand out for government subsidies and begging for their tax dollar...
Mike G July 21, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Really Libi? One bad apple and you paint the entire straight force with the same brush? I'm sure you're right. No gay service member has ever f'ed up. Oh wait how about the gay army specialist that gave all the classified data to to the wikileaks motherf'er? http://www.washingtonblade.com/2010/08/05/gay-soldier-accused-of-leaking-classified-files/ Libi you don't know s**t from shinola and I'll bet you don't have 10 damn minutes in uniform so screw you! Go sweat your liberal scrawny ass off to your commie Jane Fonda workout video and enjoy the very freedom afforded to you by a predominately (I guess about 90% by your own numbers) straight military force. I think the words you're looking for are "Thank you". And who the hell has their hand out for government subsidies and begging for tax dollars? "Navy Chief 1984-2008"

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