Archive for July, 2011

Active Duty Service Members March in Pride Parade
By: Mattheus E. Stephens

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Last Saturday, July 16, 2011, for the first time in history, openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force marched in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade. As these brave individuals—all willing to give their lives for the protection and well-being of our country—marched proudly down University Avenue, a sense of awe struck the crowd. While some parade goers cheered loudly, others rested their right hand over their hearts, and still others looked on reverently, tears wetting their sun-kissed cheeks.

More than 200 days have passed since President Obama signed legislation repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Because the statute requires “certification,” however, DADT has not yet been fully repealed, and LGB service members technically remain subject to discharge if their sexual orientation is revealed.