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Active Duty Troops March In San Diego Gay Pride: VIDEO

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History was made today at San Diego's gay pride, where an estimated 200 active duty servicemen and women and veterans marched alongside their LGBT peers.

Waving American and gay pride flags, the troops broke came out in force to show their opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and may be the first active members to publicly marched in the annual LGBT event.

Via ABC News:

Many of the active-duty troops said they were moved to come out because it is time to end the military's ban on openly gay troops...

National Guard member Nichole Herrera, 31, said she didn't think twice about marching, even though the policy is back on the books. She said she was "choked up" several times as she walked down a main thoroughfare in San Diego, a major Navy port.

"This is one of the proudest days in my life. It's time for it (the policy) to be gone," Herrera said. "I'm a soldier no matter what, regardless of my sexual orientation."
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Every branch of service was represented Saturday, including the Coast Guard. Marines and sailors ran out carrying their branch's flags over their heads.

As could be expected, the crowd went wild for the military men and women, especially former military police officer Miranda LeClair, who held a sign reading, "Proudly served in silence for nine years."

Watch video of the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. these are the bravest to put themselves out there for all to see and know that dadt is still on the books . they deserve all our support for their breve stance forcing the government to sh=t or get off the pot. be prepared to write leetters sign petitions to get these people to hold their jobs the right will complain that this is just gays trying to force policy

    Posted by: walter | Jul 17, 2011 12:15:39 AM


  2. Wow. Just WOW! I am at a loss to describe the pride this gives me. No matter your politics, this is truly heartening. If it were up to me, they would ALL get medals of honor!

    Posted by: Brad | Jul 17, 2011 3:07:35 AM


  3. While applauding the idea, is there no respect for our Community's history? For contrary to the laim in the ABC News link by the contingent's organizer, this is NOT the first time active duty gay service members participated in a Pride parade. That--as documented in Randy Shilt's landmark book on the ban, "Conduct Unbecoming--was THIRTY-SIX YEARS AGO when Army PV2 Debbie Watson and her partner Army PFC Barbara Randolph, Air Force SGT Skip Keith, and Air Force TSGT Leonard Matlovich, along with a group of gay veterans, participated in the 1975 New York Pride Parade. Photos at” http://tinyurl.com/66yoeou and http://tinyurl.com/6ywq9p6

    Given indifference today to any part of our Community’s history not spoon fed to them, one isn't surprised someone as young as the former sailor who put it together or even the presumably older organizers of SD Pride were unaware of that, but were they in a coma two years ago when it was widely publicized—particularly in California—that then still-serving Army National Guard LT. Dan Choi was one of the grand marshals of San Francisco's Pride Parade? In addition, gay and lesbian veterans have been appearing as such in Pride events for at least a quarter century.

    Reckless "firstitis" has really gotten out of hand in our Community. Harvey Milk--first out gay elected official. Nope. California's John Perez--first out leader of a state legislature. Nope. Now this, and, ironically, after New York Pride invited Dan to appear in their 2010 parade, they claimed that was the first time anywhere, too, totally ignorant of/ignoring his appearance in SF the year before I noted above.

    Also, while I encourage every gay or lesbian in the military to come out now, flooding the media with faces of what the ban is actually about in such numbers the Pentagon couldn't process them all, the organizer is giving bad advice to those considering it. He claims that participating as an out gay person, as long as it's not in uniform, is not in violation of any military rule. That's simply not true. It's a violation of DADT, would be considered "telling," and make one subject to possible discharge if the court once again reinstates the process.

    Posted by: Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com | Jul 17, 2011 4:42:03 AM


  4. I was serving actively in the US Air Force in Washington, D.C. and marched in the "March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation" in 1993.

    I saw many others in full or partial uniform, and like the woman interviewed, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I really thought that year Clinton would remove the ban. Instead we got DADA (which I forgive him for) and DOMA (which I don't).

    Posted by: Max Headroom | Jul 17, 2011 5:36:26 AM


  5. Where did the military vehicle come from? Surely it couldn't have come from an active-duty encampment, could it? I don't think they rent those things out... and they certainly couldn't send it to participate in a gay parade voluntarily, could they?

    To stop a controversy, I hope it's privately-owned surplus... or do I?

    Posted by: TommyOC | Jul 17, 2011 11:27:31 PM


  6. Reckless "firstitis" has really gotten out of hand in our Community. Harvey Milk--first out gay elected official.
    ________________
    Edward

    Posted by: used cars | Aug 13, 2011 1:56:59 AM


  7. National Guard member Nichole Herrera, 31, said she didn't think twice about marching, even though the policy is back on the books. She said she was "choked up" several times as she walked down a main thoroughfare in San Diego, a major Navy port.

    Posted by: used cars | Aug 13, 2011 1:58:22 AM


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