The Pentagon said Thursday that gay military personnel can wear their uniforms in San Diego’s LGBT Pride Festival and parade.
The Associated Press reports:
About 200 active-duty troops participated in last year’s San Diego gay pride parade, but they wore T-shirts with their branch’s name, not military dress.
This year for the first time ever, U.S. service members will be able to march in a gay pride event decked out in uniform.
In a memorandum sent to all its branches, the Defense Department said it was making the allowance for the San Diego parade on Saturday — even though its policy generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.
The Defense Department said it did so because organizers had encouraged military personnel to march in their uniform and the event was getting national attention.
Former sailor Sean Sala, who organized the military’s participation in the parade, said he wanted service members to wear their official uniform this year to show there is no longer anything to hide.
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