Milestone: Gay Servicemen March in Pride Parade

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com July 18 2011 9:25 AM ET

Despite warnings that "don't ask, don't tell" is still in the process of being erased from the books, about 200 active-duty troops and veterans marched in San Diego's gay pride parade this weekend. Reports say this could be the first time gay servicemen have ever marched openly together at any pride parade in the U.S.

Crowds cheered on as members of every military branch passed by, alongside the normal contingents of drag queens, gay choirs, church groups, and more. What follows are photos from the jubilant moment. — Lucas Grindley GAY SERVICEMEN MARCH 560x (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COM Navy personnel pose for a picture with drag queen Bianca Sullivan.GAY SERVICEMEN 3 MARCH 560x (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMGAY SERVICEMEN 5 MARCH 560x (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COM

 Hunter Rogers marches with other military personnel.

 

GAY SERVICEMEN 4 MARCH 560x (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COM Marine Jaime Rincon marches down University Avenue with other military personnel.GAY SERVICEMEN 2 MARCH 560x (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COMGAY SERVICEMEN 6 MARCH 560x (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COM Kalei Ferrin, 3, holds a sign in support of gay rights.GAY SERVICEMEN 8 MARCH 560x (GETTY) ADVOCATE.COM Joseph Martinez, an active-duty sailor, prepares to march.