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In Emotional First, Rainbow Flag Raised on Canadian Military Base to Mark LGBT Pride: VIDEO


An historic first today for Canada's military as a rainbow flag was raised at an Alberta military base in official recognition of LGBT Pride, CBC reports:

ClapMaster Warrant Officer John McDougall, 47, made the request for the flag-raising a few weeks ago through the military chain of command at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton.

A gay-pride flag is raised as Master Warrant Officer John McDougall and GLBT activist Murray Billet look on. (CBC)
McDougall, who is a company sergeant-major in a field medical unit, said he was surprised when his request was quickly granted.

The flag will remain up for a week while Edmonton has its Pride Festival:

"It was history in the making, it was monumental,” said McDougall, speaking about the ceremony. “That being said ... it’s a big deal but it really shouldn’t be that big of a deal. We’re such an inclusive society — Canada as a whole, not just the military — it shouldn’t be a big deal to be gay.

“But it is a big deal that the flag is being raised for the first time at a military base. I think that’s part of the sign of the times and it’s a further reflection of the military’s inclusiveness and their diversity.”

Watch the flag get raised, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Only in Canada, you say? Pity.

    I love this country!

    Posted by: JonnyEmm | Jun 7, 2013 8:00:32 PM

  2. Let's wait to hear from our US homophobes Rick and UFFDA on this.

    Posted by: Butch | Jun 7, 2013 8:27:27 PM

  3. I love that all are saluting our rainbow flag, full of pride! Gotta love Canada eh!

    Posted by: Rich 705 | Jun 7, 2013 8:29:05 PM

  4. even in the texas of canada!

    Posted by: raphinou | Jun 7, 2013 8:32:43 PM

  5. I'm sure well be hearing nothing but disgust from our friends at sun news!

    Posted by: Will | Jun 7, 2013 8:43:35 PM

  6. Wonderful.

    Posted by: Mikah | Jun 7, 2013 8:56:14 PM

  7. what better way to spell 'co-opted'

    Posted by: unokhan | Jun 7, 2013 10:02:00 PM

  8. Edmonton, my hometown in my province and my country. We Canadians may not be on the international radar 24/7 but when we do something like this (even in a perceived Redneck province such as Alberta) It makes Canadians stand tall and proud being the envy of the world!

    From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada HAPPY PRIDE!

    Posted by: Darrell | Jun 7, 2013 10:57:52 PM

  9. And the world did not end? Shocking!!

    Posted by: bambinoitaliano | Jun 7, 2013 11:20:48 PM

  10. Thanks Queerty for running this story at a time here in the US when right wing attacks against us, our lives and our marriages are getting more vicious as we get closer to decisions from SCOTUS. This story you found out of Canada gives me hope. Congratulations Canada you light the way..

    Posted by: shanestud | Jun 7, 2013 11:33:14 PM

  11. You Canadians are so nationalistic. I'm shocked. You're always whining about how nationalistic Americans are, and how we never pay any attention to you.

    Anyways, clutch the pearls, and congratulations.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 8, 2013 8:52:18 AM

  12. Proud to be a Canadian! WORLDPRIDE 2014!!

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 8, 2013 10:08:28 AM

  13. we stand on guard for thee :D

    the best part is that this was done in Alberta, where it should be a beacon of hope to young LGBT Albertans.

    well met!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 8, 2013 11:29:21 AM

  14. ratbastard is just that. Canadians deserve to be nationalistic. What do we have to be proud of? Guns?

    Posted by: Jesse | Jun 8, 2013 1:43:25 PM

  15. Another reason I'm proud to be Canadian. This happening in Alberta is a first like the Premier attending Pride last year. Congrats to the Canadian Military for being so forward thinking and accepting.

    Posted by: david from edmonton | Jun 9, 2013 1:08:34 AM

  16. I'm not Canadian but this surely makes me feel proud for Canada. Thank you, Canada, for this wonderful gesture of solidarity.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 9, 2013 12:10:07 PM

  17. As a Canadian this makes me very proud.
    Any chance the US army would do the same thing?
    If not? Why not?

    Posted by: EJC | Jun 10, 2013 11:49:05 AM

  18. Sad that this world has come to the point where these FREAKS get this much attention. And of course every homosexual that can post puts up what a great thing this is,so it makes it look like everyone supports this. What our country needs to do is spend money on research,as to how to over come this Mental disorder these freaks have before its to late.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 8, 2014 8:01:18 PM

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