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PHOTOS: No One Asked, But These Gay Service Members All Told

A group of military service members and veterans marched in last weekend’s San Diego pride parade, marking the first time (ever!) that a pride march included a contingent of active duty personnel. Not all who marched were gay, but for those who were, this was an unprecedented moment to be fully open about their sexuality in the face of a less-than-approving military. It’s hard not to see this as a direct extension of the developments with DADT, though organizers were quick to say their motivations weren’t political. With any luck, military contingents will become as commonplace as hot pants and jello shots as pride season ramps up again next year. Congrats San Diego–and here we thought you were just the conservative (albeit pretty) step-sister of LA.

Images via SD LGBT Weekly

By:           Dan Tracer
On:           Jul 18, 2011
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  • 8 Comments
    • Abirdwillingtobeitself
      Abirdwillingtobeitself

      What bland colors. Not a very expressive pride parade.

      Jul 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Henry
      Henry

      “Service members”… They’re not the pride parade from the local blood drive. They’re military grunts.

      Jul 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam
      Cam

      Good for them! Congratulations!!

      Jul 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lisa
      Lisa

      @Henry: Wuzzup with the gay hate for the military? As a very, very straight women, I want to give our male servicemen a kiss on the cheek for doing their duty. Why can’t you be one of the good ones like the fine gentleman at San Diego?

      Jul 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KalperniaRena
      KalperniaRena

      Wow, what a great thing to do! Good for them! =D

      Jul 18, 2011 at 9:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brutus
      Brutus

      Hooyah!

      Jul 19, 2011 at 5:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lav
      Lav

      Congratulations, and I’m so proud of them!!

      Jul 19, 2011 at 8:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com
      Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com

      Hooray for them, but “marking the first time (ever!) that a pride march included a contingent of active duty personnel”????

      Uh, that would be a “No”….and not by THIRTY-SIX YEARS, for that was how long ago active duty Army PV2 Debbie Watson and her partner Army PFC Barbara Randolph, Air Force SSGT Skip Keith, and Air Force TSGT Leonard Matlovich, along with a group of gay veterans, participated in the 1975 New York Pride Parade…and, apparently unlike Saturday’s particpants, spoke to the crowd at the rally afterward, identifying themselves by name.

      From Randy Shilt’s landmark book, “Conduct Unbecoming”—”Leonard Matlovich surveyed the throng with wonder. How had he allowed so much of his life to be wasted in loneliness. A cheer rose from the crowd when Matlovich delivered the line he had used in every newspaper and television interview since his case went public. With him were the other heroes of the moment: Staff Sgt. Skip Keith, Barbara Randolph and Debbie Watson. When the four of them stood side by side at the microphone, waving to the crowd that billowed through Central Park, a huge ovation rose up and it felt as if their spirits had also lifted into the air and soared over the city’s skylines. It was a moment Leonard would cherish for the rest of his life.”

      MORE—including historical photos—at http://www.lgbtpov.com/2011/07/michael-bedwells-history-lesson-gay-servicemembers-have-marched-in-other-parades/

      Jul 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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