Troops march in San Diego gay parade – in uniform


Comment What a disgrace!!!
07-22-2012

The Real American in Uniform With the Symbol of freedom on His Shoulder

This is a disgrace to the Military and to the Uniform, if you are gay and want in the military that is fine but to display What Ever You Call It, it is a disgrace to the Uniform of the United States Of America.

These Men and Women who wear the Uniform do it PROUDLY, and they do it to Protect this Country and the U.S. Constitution and to keep this Country Free so you can act like What Ever, they don’t do it to flaunt their Life Stile and say it’s my right, if this is the case, then Women have the right to breast feed their Babies in Uniform, you can’t give one rights without giving them to others as well.

If  you want to wear the Military Uniform of this Country, WEAR IT with PRIDE, not just to say I am some thing other than a proud protector of FREEDOM, Freedom is for all not just Certain People or groups.

The real American Military Person in Uniform is not out there waving a flag saying I am, they are out there protecting the Flag and the Constitution.

If you want to wear pink clothe with purple polka dots on them and dance around like fairies, that’s fine, BUT not in a Military Uniform.

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Troops march in San Diego gay parade – in uniform

Associated PressAssociated Press
07-21-2012

A sailor waves a flag during the gay pride parade Saturday, July 21, 2012

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some of the loudest cheers Saturday at San Diego’s gay pride parade were for active-duty troops marching in military dress, the first time that U.S. service members participated in such an event while in full uniform.

Dozens of soldiers, sailors, and Marines marched alongside an old Army truck decorated with a “Freedom to Serve” banner and a rainbow flag. They were joined by dozens more military personnel in civilian clothes, but the uniforms stood out among the flower-bedecked floats and scantily clad revelers.

Spectators waved signs reading, “Thank you for your service.” A woman held a placard that said: “My gay son is a Naval officer.”

“Today is so important,” said Navy Lt. Brian McKinney, who marched with his civilian partner, Hunter Hammonds. “It’s about putting on my uniform and taking pride in my service, my fellow service-members, my family and myself. It’s something I’m incredibly thankful for.”

In a memorandum sent to all its branches this year, the Defense Department said it was making the allowance for the San Diego event even though its policy generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.

The Defense Department said Thursday it did so because organizers had encouraged military personnel to march in their uniform and the parade was getting national attention.

Cmdr. Kent Blade, who will retire this fall after 26 years in the Navy, said being able to march in uniform was a perfect culmination of his career. The 47-year-old said that since last year’s repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, he has received unconditional support from his fellow officers.

“We’ve all been able to talk more freely about our lives. Nobody’s leading a second life,” he said. “And now that I can march freely in uniform, I think it’s a great display for the Navy.”

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.

About 200,000 people were expected at this weekend’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade and festival in Balboa Park. In addition to the parade, the celebration features parties, concerts and the raising of a rainbow flag on a new 65-foot flagpole in Hillcrest, the center of San Diego’s LGBT community.

The theme of this year’s event is “America’s Pride: Equality is an American Value.”

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