Gay military members to march in Pride parade

For the first time ever, gay active-duty service members will march in a Pride parade, according to 10News.com.

The media outlet is reporting that history will be made as this year’s parade marches through the heart of San Diego’s gay Hillcrest neighborhood on July 16.

“To my knowledge (it is) the first time in the history of Pride in the United States, ever, that we have said, ‘Active duty, you are welcome,’” organizer Sean Sala said. “We want you to be there without fear of repercussions, because we love you.”

Sala, an active-duty sailor, said police and firefighters are represented in the Pride parade, but not the people who serve this country. “I thought it was weird because San Diego has the biggest military installation in the United States, and military are public servants as well,” he told Channel 10 news.

So far, 200 active-duty members of the military and some veterans have signed up to march at the head of the parade. They will wear shirts that reflect their branch of service, because wearing uniforms would violate military regulations.

Sala said many of those who signed up to march are straight. His parents, who both served in the military, will be among them.