San Diego Pride Sees Active-Duty Service Members Marching In Uniform For First Time

Organizers from San Diego Pride have announced that active-duty service members have received permission from the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to march in uniform during the city’s Pride parade on July 21.

Last year at SD Pride military personnel were allowed to march in civilian clothes for the first time, and veterans have long been allowed to participate in uniform, but this is the first time we’ve heard of active members of the Armed Forces wearing their “work clothes.”

It’s especially fitting, since the theme of this year’s celebration is “America’s Pride.”

“We look forward to a fun, fantastic celebration here in San Diego of the advances in LGBT equality from the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” announced Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride. San Diego has a sizable military population, thanks to the presence of numerous Navy and Marine Corps facilities.

We wish we were going to be there—after all, who doesn’t love a man (or woman) in uniform?

Has another Pride celebration in the U.S. featured military personnel marching in their dress blues? Let us know in the comments. 

Photo: U.S. Navy