So guess who's gonna be in the Pride Parade in San Diego, Calif., for the first time ever? If you guessed LGBT military service members and veterans, you guessed right, friends.
While “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” was in effect, service members couldn't march in the Pride Parade for fear of repercussions.
“There is an immediate assumption that if you march, you're gay. This has meant that we can't even honor straight service members,” Sean Sala, a Navy Operations Specialist, said in a statement. “For years, other public servants like police and firefighters have been honored in the Pride Parade. It is time for our troops to receive the same support.”
With the repeal of DADT underway, more than two hundred men and women will be marching in support of the LGBT men and women who have served in silence for so long. They will also pay tribute to fallen soldiers with two horses that will each carry a flag. One will be the U.S. flag, and the other a rainbow.
“We are excited to support our troops, and we commend the brave service members taking part in the parade, regardless of their sexual orientation,” said Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego Pride.