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Navy uniforms welcome at San Diego Pride Parade

SAN DIEGO -- Following a historic week of marriage equality victories, the U.S. Navy, Region Southwest has authorized active-duty Navy servicemembers under its command to wear their uniforms in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade on Saturday, July 13 at 11 am.

For the third year, servicemembers are invited to participate in the Military Contingent, which leads the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade. Over 300 servicemembers are expected to participate, either in uniform or in a branch specific T-shirt.

“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,” said Stephen Whitburn, San Diego LGBT Pride general manager.

The authorization calls for Region Southwest members of the Navy who choose to participate in uniform to wear the following:

- Officer/CPO: The prescribed uniform is Summer White. Alternate is Service Khaki.

- E-1 through E-6: The prescribed uniform is Service Dress White. Alternate is Service Uniform.

Navy personnel should not embellish or put any unauthorized items on their uniforms and those in uniform may only carry American flags.

To be clear, this authorization is only for California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico members of the Navy. To our knowledge, authorization has not yet been received from other branches, so others who wish to wear uniforms should review their uniform regulations and request permission from their Commanding Officer. Those who are not able to wear their uniform should wear a branch specific T-shirt.

San Diego Pride will host an informational session for participants who are 21 and older on Thursday, July 11 from 6-7 pm at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill, located at 4612 Park Blvd. At the event, additional information will be provided about the Military Contingent.

For additional information and to register for the contingent, click here.