For the first time ever, the U.S. Armed Forces color guard will march in a Pride parade on Saturday in Washington, D.C. They will stand at the front of the Capitol Pride parade, following the lead banner and grand marshall Chris Kluwe.
The Department of Defense made history by recognizing LGBT Pride Month for the first time in 2012 after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2011. 2014 marks the first ever nation-wide military pride month, which aims to focus on respect and awareness for the LGBT and military community.
HRC worked hard to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Since repeal in 2011, lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members have been able to serve openly and honestly without fear of living losing their career because of who they love. Last month, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in response to a question about military health regulations which effectively bar military service by transgender persons, said he believes that those regulations should be reviewed. HRC is committed to working to ensure that transgender individuals have the opportunity to serve their country.