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Active-Duty Military To March In San Diego Pride Parade…Sat. July 16



SAN DIEGOHistory will be made at this year’s San Diego Pride Parade when ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY members will march openly through the heart of Hillcrest.

“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 he was bothered to see that police and firefighters were 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 said.

Sala said 200 active-duty members of the military and some veterans have signed up to march at the head of the parade. They will not wear their uniforms because that would violate military regulations. They will instead wear shirts that reflect their branch of service.

SDGLN exclusive: Active duty servicemembers asked to participate in San Diego Pride Parade

The service members will kick off the parade after a tribute is held to fallen soldiers and LGBT community leaders who have passed. Those who died in combat and community leaders who dedicated life service to equality will be honored by two rider-less horses draped in an American and rainbow flag, respectively.

In a further show of support, San Diego Pride is seeking donations of any amount to help fund the group’s float, t-shirts and offer free tickets to active duty military to Pride’s two-day festival in Balboa Park, July 16 and 17. Twenty dollars will fund six T-shirts or a free military festival ticket.

 Donations can be mailed to:

 San Diego LGBT Pride, 3620 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104.



3 Responses to “Active-Duty Military To March In San Diego Pride Parade…Sat. July 16”

  1. Navy Vet here, where do I sign up to march?

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