Troops To March In LGBT Parade
July 16, 2011 by Post Team
Troops To March In LGBT Parade, A specialist in operations the Navy is organizing what is believed to be the first military contingent of hundreds of active duty soldiers and veterans to lead a gay pride parade on Saturday, a day after an appeals court temporarily reinstated a policy against openly gay people serving in the military.
Sean Hall, who completed his service last month, is leading the participation of the Legal Defense Network military staff – representing gays and lsbns in active duty military personnel – in the parade.
The group said that he told the Chamber members are warning that it is still a risk to leave, provided they “do not ask, do not tell” is in the books.
“We told him that everyone involved is to assume a certain level of risk,” said spokesman Zeke Stokes. “We are awaiting a time when LGBT service members can participate in such actions without any risk.”
Hall said it is time for the gay and lsbn community to stop hiding in fear.
“This is not in any way a violation of military policy and it is time to move the country in – so simple,” he said.
Cpl. Jaime Rincon, 21, Camp Pendleton Marine, who plans to participate, said he is thankful he gave Hall the opportunity to march as a member of the army.
“Finally someone is stepping up to the plate, someone said:” We finished hiding Let’s do something about the world we will show that we are proud of who we are and we are proud of our branches of service. ‘”He said.
U.S. ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a July 6 ruling, ordered the suspension of the implementation of the ban of 17 years. But Friday night the court temporarily reinstated, while prohibiting any investigation, sanctions or discharges into the rule.
Marine Corps official’s service members said they are not in uniform are entitled to participate in a gay pride parade.
However, Stokes said the IPO could now be used against military personnel later, if the military begins implementing the new policy. The Justice Department filed an emergency motion Thursday asking the court to reconsider its order, saying that ending the ban is now ahead of the “orderly process” to reverse the policy of 17 years of age, as shown in law passed and signed by the president in December. Pentagon officials have said they hope the ban is officially lifted soon.
Hall said the parade would consist of group members of the hmosxl and heterosexual service in a show of unity.
Troops and veterans wear shirts with their branch of service. They will walk with two horses – one wrapped in an American flag and the other with the flag of pride rainbow of colors – in honor of service members and those who have died for equality, the Chamber said.
A half-ton military vehicle, such as audio equipment belts of “Taps”, accompanies some and military fight songs people expect thousands of people. It will also carry out a U.S. flag to 30 feet and a military flag with a shield on it.
Gay Pride marches across the country have focused on the repeal of the ban on the military, but this is the first active-duty soldier to participate as an identifiable group, gay rights activists say.
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