Active-duty troops to march in gay pride parade

I seem to remember that as a Soldier our behavior on and off duty was to reflect well on the United States and the US Military.  While marching in a parade is not an issue in itself, it is how gay pride parades seem to end up, displaying objectionable behavior and nudity in the faces of passers-by.

Ones sexuality should be a private issue and everyone by Gay folks seem to understand this.  Next Gays will ask for alterations to the military uniform,  and oh those shoes!

As the U.S. military inches toward the end of its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, hundreds of service members — both gay and straight — plan to march as a group in San Diego’s gay Pride Parade on Saturday.

It’s the first time the parade has included an active-duty military contingent, organizers say. They also think it’s a first for any gay pride parade in the nation.

The idea came from Hillcrest resident Sean Sala, a 26-year-old former sailor fresh from the ranks. He served as a Navy operations specialist from 2005 to 2011, discharged June 30.

“I’m getting emails from veterans and active-duty officers and enlisted from all over the nation. There are people flying in literally from the four corners of the nation to participate in this,” Sala said.

“It’s turned from a very small idea to, now, a national movement.”

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About 350 people have signed up for the military-themed parade entry. About 70 percent are active-duty servicemembers and the majority are gay, Sala estimated.

They will not march in uniform, which — especially under “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which banned openly gay service — could be a career-ending move. Instead, they will wear T-shirts emblazoned with Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.

One active-duty San Diego Marine who will be marching — a veteran of two Iraq tours — said he wouldn’t have made himself so conspicuous before.

via Active-duty troops to march in gay pride parade – SignOnSanDiego.com.

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