Armed Forces Make History At D.C.’s Gay Pride Parade

A U.S. military color guard made history in front of 150,000 people on Saturday, June 7, when members marched in the 39th annual Capital Gay Pride parade in Washington, D.C. The eight-member team was reportedly the first Armed Forces color guard in American history to march in a gay pride parade. Since the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2011, pride organizers say Armed Forces color guards have repeatedly declined requests to participate in parades, the Washington Post reports. This year, they were caught off guard by the one group’s decision to march. “We knew we might get turned down, but we asked and they said yes,” Bernie Delia, president of the board of directors for Capital Pride told The Washington Post. “I think that’s very significant.”

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