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Soldiers Plan To Make History By Marching In Uniform In San Diego Pride Parade

Hundreds of active-duty soldiers plan to march in Saturday’s San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, where many of them will wear T-shirts bearing their branch of service. For the first time in history, some of these military members will be marching in uniform. However, the military requires that service members ask permission from their respective commands to wear the uniform at civic events, so it is unclear how many will be allowed. The Navy has already announced that it will not authorize its service members to wear their uniforms in the parade. “We’re just trying to show people that we bleed the same blood,” said Sean Sala, a former Navy Sailor and current organizer of the parade’s military contingent. At last year’s parade, hundreds of soldiers wore branch t-shirts in what appeared to be the first such instance of active-duty military contingent marching in a pride parade.

Ben Sherman

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