Monday, July 23, 2012

Military Uniforms March In SD Pride For the First Time

It’s been a momentous year for San Diego’s LGBT community.
City leaders renamed a street in honor of Harvey Milk. A large rainbow flag is now a permanent fixture flying above Hillcrest. 

This November, voters will have the opportunity to elect the city’s first openly gay mayor. And active-duty members of the military wore their uniforms for the first time in Saturday’s San Diego LGBT Pride Parade with the government’s blessing.

The loudest cheers from the parade crowd of nearly 200,000 were reserved for them.

The U.S. military contingent included about 40 members — some active, some retired -- in their formal uniforms. As they assembled in the staging area, countless spectators took pictures of and with them. Most of the active-duty personnel said they were under orders not to give interviews although photos were fine.

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