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LGBT active duty servicemembers, vets invited to march in Pride parade

SAN DIEGO – In 2011, San Diego made global news as being the first city in the United States to have an active duty military contingent in a Pride Parade. Three hundred men and women took part of the historic event, even though “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” was still on the books.

This is the first year San Diego Pride will happen post repeal of DADT. Pride officials are hopeful that those who have feared coming to share in the joy of Pride out of concern for losing their military careers will be able to finally celebrate their full and complete selves at America’s Pride in San Diego, celebrated July 20–22.

America’s Pride in San Diego main event highlights will be:

* Spirit of Stonewall Rally: Celebrating the LGBT victories of the last year including the repeal of DADT
Friday, July 20, at 6 pm.

* Pride Parade: Featuring the Active Duty Military Contingent – sign up at sdpride.org/military
Saturday, July 21, at 11 am.

* Pride Festival: Discounted Active Duty tickets available at the Festival Site for half price.
Saturday, July 21, noon to 100 pm
Sunday, July 22, 11 am to 8 pm

Discounted travel can be found HERE.

Participants wanting to walk in the military contingent in uniform can request to do so from their commanding officer. $5 registration for walking in the parade comes with a branch specific t-shirt. Register HERE.

LGBT military serving organizations can apply for discounted parade and festival packages by contacting military@sdpride.org or calling 619-297-7683.