SAN DIEGO – In a moment that will make history, a contingent of LGBT troops and veterans will march with San Diego Pride at the city’s annual Veterans Day parade on Friday, Nov. 11.
With the Sept. 20 repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented open service, gay and lesbian troops and veterans can now openly march with their families and loved ones, deservedly earning the respect of Americans for their service to their country.
“Veterans Day is when Americans across the United States take time to honor those who have served our great country,” said Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego Pride.
“After years of institutionalized discrimination, our LGBT servicemembers and veterans can be full, open and honest about who they are without concern about who they love. It is time we honor our LGBT servicemembers and veterans for their patriotism, sacrificed and their deep love of country that they willing served.”
San Diego, home to major bases for the Navy and Marine Corps, has the third-largest LGBT veteran community in the U.S.
In July, more than 250 active-duty servicemembers and veterans made history by marching in the San Diego Pride Parade, drawing standing ovations and the loudest cheers from almost 200,000 people lining the parade route. The pre-DADT-repeal march garnered global headlines and put San Diego's activist community into the spotlight.
The Pride contingent will meet at 10 am Nov. 11 on the west side of the north parking lot at the County Administration Building, 1600 Pacific Highway, along San Diego Harbor. The parade begins at 11 am.
“All veterans, regardless of their sexual orientation, serve our country with dignity and pride to protect the rights and freedoms we all enjoy,” Crenshaw said. “It is a proud day when the LGBT community can stand in support of all veterans.”
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