By Jase Peeples
Originally published on Advocate.com July 06 2013 12:14 PM ET
The United States Navy, Region Southwest has officially given active duty servicemembers under its command permission to wear their uniforms in San Diego’s LGBT Pride Parade on Saturday, July 13.
The news comes only a few short days after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in favor of same-sex marriage.
“San Diego has a strong military presence and a large LGBT community, and it is important to our LGBT servicemembers that we honor their full identity and service to our country. We are grateful to the Navy Region Southwest command for extending their support to our event and to these courageous servicemembers,” San Diego LGBT Pride General Manager, Stephen Whitburn, said in a statement.
This marks the third year that service members will be allowed to participate in the Military Contingent which leads the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade.
More than 300 servicemembers, decked out in either their uniform or in a branch specific T-shirt, are expected to participate this year.
For more information on the Military Contingent at San Diego Pride, visit http://www.sdpride.org/.