Pentagon Gives Gay Military Personnel Permission to March in Uniform in San Diego’s Gay Pride Parade

Because of the attention the issue is raising nationally, the Pentagon has agreed to a one-time, historic allowance for military personnel to march in San Diego's Gay Pride Parade in uniform this weekend, the L.A. Times reports:

ServicemembersAn announcement from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense said that wearing their uniforms is permitted "provided service members participate in their personal capacity and ensure the adherence to miltary service standards of appearance and wear of the military uniform."

The decision marks the first time that gay personnel will be permitted to wear their uniforms in a gay parade.

Saturday's parade through the Hillcrest neighborhood is San Diego's first gay pride parade since the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" rule that prohibited gay military personnel from serving openly.

Last year, upward of 200 active-duty and retired military personnel marched in the parade. Many wore T-shirts with the name of their branch of service.

The allowance is an exception, the AP reports: "The Defense Department says it is making the exception because parade organizers had invited service members to march in uniform and the matter was getting national attention. The Pentagon says the exception is only for this year’s parade in San Diego and does not extend beyond that."

Comments

  1. says

    Wow! So that sounds like a “Let’s see how it goes” kind of decision, but a really sharp one on the their part. That’s one helluva turnaround. Nice going Pentagon!

  2. vanndean says

    Sugarrhill, there are people that are stupid enough to boo members of the military if they are marching in a Gay Pride parade in their uniforms. There is presently no cure for stupidity.

  3. andrew says

    you probably have no idea how happy this news makes me. I was a radar operator on the USS Wm. R Rush DDR 714 in the late closeted 1950s. Thank god almighty . free at last!

  4. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says

    THIS DECISION WILL MAKE THE AMERICAN MILITARY LOOK WEAK ON THE “WORLD STAGE.” SOLDIERS ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT ULTIMATE MASCULINITY – NOT, EFFEMINANCY.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  5. andrew says

    In the Western World we are actually playing catch up in the area of gay inclusiveness.Are you a veteran, Christopher? I am and I am thrilled by this decision.