1. Armed Forces

    Uniforms Allowed at Pride Parade

    SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 16:  Military personel march down University Avenue during the San Diego gay pride parade July 16, 2011 in San Diego, California. About 200 active-duty troops and veterans from every branch of the military participated for the first time in the march as the ban on the government policy on homosexuals serving in armed forces, or "Don't ask Don't Tell", remains in flux in the justice system  (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

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    At the San Diego gay-pride parade this weekend, gay military personnel will be able to sport their uniforms while flaunting their pride. But the Pentagon’s consent was couched with the clarification that uniforms can be worn at this year’s parade only. Still, it’s a huge improvement from past years, when gay members of the military were forced to keep their sexuality a secret. Following the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” military personnel were allowed to attend the yearly pride parade, but not wear their uniforms. “Today is a great day of pride. San Diego is honored to have the privilege of celebrating our country and our service members with dignity and respect,” the San Diego LGBT Pride director said. “The fight for equality is not over, and it is not easy, but this is a giant leap in the right direction.”

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