Sunday, July 22, 2012
CALIFORNIA: Military Members Make First Ever Gay Pride Appearance In Full Uniform In San Diego
Joe.My.God. reports:

For the first time since the repeal of DADT, today in San Diego members of the military marched in a gay pride parade in full uniform. Earlier this week the Pentagon, which typically does not allow uniformed personnel to march in civilian events, said that it was making a one-time exceptionfor San Diego Pride.
The loudest cheers from the parade crowd of nearly 200,000 were reserved for them. The U.S. military contingent included about 40 members — some active, some retired. As they assembled in the staging area, countless spectators took pictures of and with them. Most of the active-duty personnel said they were under orders not to give interviews although photos were fine. Sean Sala, 27, who left the Navy last year but helped organize the military group, said the significance of this year’s active-duty uniformed participants is bolstered by government approval for the first time. “I think everybody wants to make it a gay thing, but it’s just an American thing,” he said. “These are people that have laid down their lives for their country, you know, and they deserve recognition for their service regardless of their sexuality.”
It appears that the parade included a proposal!

CALIFORNIA: Military Members Make First Ever Gay Pride Appearance In Full Uniform In San Diego

Joe.My.God. reports:

For the first time since the repeal of DADT, today in San Diego members of the military marched in a gay pride parade in full uniform. Earlier this week the Pentagon, which typically does not allow uniformed personnel to march in civilian events, said that it was making a one-time exceptionfor San Diego Pride.

The loudest cheers from the parade crowd of nearly 200,000 were reserved for them. The U.S. military contingent included about 40 members — some active, some retired. As they assembled in the staging area, countless spectators took pictures of and with them. Most of the active-duty personnel said they were under orders not to give interviews although photos were fine. Sean Sala, 27, who left the Navy last year but helped organize the military group, said the significance of this year’s active-duty uniformed participants is bolstered by government approval for the first time. “I think everybody wants to make it a gay thing, but it’s just an American thing,” he said. “These are people that have laid down their lives for their country, you know, and they deserve recognition for their service regardless of their sexuality.”

It appears that the parade included a proposal!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
CALIFORNIA: Harvey Milk Street Approved For Hillcrest In San Diego
NBC News reports: 

The San Diego City Council unanimously voted to change the name of Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest on Tuesday.
Harvey Milk was the civil rights activist who was also the first openly gay man elected to public office in a major U.S. city. Milk was later shot and killed in 1978 when Supervisor Dan White shot him at San Francisco’s city hall.
San Diego is the first city in the country to honor Milk with a street bearing his name.
The cost of the signs for the name change has been paid for by private contributions, according to Councilmember Todd Gloria’s office.
“It is an honor to vote today to solidify Milk’s position as a true advocate for under-represented people, and a privilege to have my colleagues stand united with me for this historic action,” Gloria said in a statement.
Blaine Avenue will become Harvey Milk Street in time for Milk’s birthday on May 22.

CALIFORNIA: Harvey Milk Street Approved For Hillcrest In San Diego

NBC News reports: 

The San Diego City Council unanimously voted to change the name of Blaine Avenue to Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest on Tuesday.

Harvey Milk was the civil rights activist who was also the first openly gay man elected to public office in a major U.S. city. Milk was later shot and killed in 1978 when Supervisor Dan White shot him at San Francisco’s city hall.

San Diego is the first city in the country to honor Milk with a street bearing his name.

The cost of the signs for the name change has been paid for by private contributions, according to Councilmember Todd Gloria’s office.

“It is an honor to vote today to solidify Milk’s position as a true advocate for under-represented people, and a privilege to have my colleagues stand united with me for this historic action,” Gloria said in a statement.

Blaine Avenue will become Harvey Milk Street in time for Milk’s birthday on May 22.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Troops March In Gay Pride Parade In San Diego

The Huffington Post reports:

About 200 active-duty troops and veterans wearing T-shirts advertising their branch of service marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade with American flags and rainbow banners, marking what is believed to be the first time a military contingent has participated in such an event in the U.S.Many of the active-duty troops said they were moved to come out because it is time to end the military’s ban on openly gay troops. The march comes a day after a federal appeals court reinstated “don’t ask, don’t tell” but with a caveat that prevents the government from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay.National Guard member Nichole Herrera, 31, said she didn’t think twice about marching, even though the policy is back on the books. She said she was “choked up” several times as she walked down a main thoroughfare in San Diego, a major Navy port.”This is one of the proudest days in my life. It’s time for it (the policy) to be gone,” Herrera said. “I’m a soldier no matter what, regardless of my sexual orientation.”The crowd roared as the group waving military flags and holding placards identifying their military branch walked past the thousands.Every branch of service was represented Saturday, including the Coast Guard. Marines and sailors ran out carrying their branch’s flags over their heads. One Marine stopped to pose with two towering bikini-clad blondes in stiletto-heeled boots.Onlookers stepped into the parade route to salute them. One man in a rainbow colored shirt waved his feather boa and yelled “Hooah!” the military battle cry.The national Servicemembers Legal Defense Network – representing gay and lesbian active-duty military personnel – informed organizer Sean Sala that they are warning members that it is still a risk to come out as long as “don’t ask, don’t tell” is on the books.Sala, a former Navy operations specialist, said it’s time for the gay and lesbian community to stop hiding in fear.”This is not in any way a violation of military policy and it’s time for the country to move on – plain and simple,” he said.Rolling slowly behind the 200 service members was a green half-ton military truck with the banner “Taking pride in our LGBT service men and women.” Speakers on the truck blasted out “Taps” and military fight songs.Miranda LeClair, 30, a former military police officer for the Navy, carried a sign that read: “Proudly served in silence for nine years.” She attended with her girlfriend, also a former member of the military police.”It’s been a long time coming,” said LeClair, who left the service in November. “This is really an emotional day for me.”LeClair said she was investigated under “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2008 but her commanders decided not to pursue discharging her.Marine Corps officials said service members who are not in uniform are within their rights to participate in a gay pride parade.The policy has been on and off the books as the Obama administration works to end the law while at the same time fights a court battle because of a lawsuit by the gay rights organization, the Log Cabin Republicans, which sued the Justice Department to stop the policy’s enforcement immediately.The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a July 6 ruling on the lawsuit, ordered the 17-year policy be immediately halted.The Department of Justice filed an emergency motion Thursday asking the court to reconsider its order, saying ending the ban now would pre-empt the “orderly process” for rolling back the policy as outlined in the law passed and signed by the president in December.Late Friday the court temporarily reinstated it, while prohibiting any investigation, penalties or discharges under the rule. The Pentagon said the ban could be lifted within weeks.”I’m so happy I’m here and I’m able to come out and support not only myself but those who can’t be here today,” said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Collins, who has served for 11 years.

Troops March In Gay Pride Parade In San Diego

The Huffington Post reports:

About 200 active-duty troops and veterans wearing T-shirts advertising their branch of service marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade with American flags and rainbow banners, marking what is believed to be the first time a military contingent has participated in such an event in the U.S.Many of the active-duty troops said they were moved to come out because it is time to end the military’s ban on openly gay troops. The march comes a day after a federal appeals court reinstated “don’t ask, don’t tell” but with a caveat that prevents the government from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay.National Guard member Nichole Herrera, 31, said she didn’t think twice about marching, even though the policy is back on the books. She said she was “choked up” several times as she walked down a main thoroughfare in San Diego, a major Navy port.”This is one of the proudest days in my life. It’s time for it (the policy) to be gone,” Herrera said. “I’m a soldier no matter what, regardless of my sexual orientation.”The crowd roared as the group waving military flags and holding placards identifying their military branch walked past the thousands.Every branch of service was represented Saturday, including the Coast Guard. Marines and sailors ran out carrying their branch’s flags over their heads. One Marine stopped to pose with two towering bikini-clad blondes in stiletto-heeled boots.Onlookers stepped into the parade route to salute them. One man in a rainbow colored shirt waved his feather boa and yelled “Hooah!” the military battle cry.The national Servicemembers Legal Defense Network – representing gay and lesbian active-duty military personnel – informed organizer Sean Sala that they are warning members that it is still a risk to come out as long as “don’t ask, don’t tell” is on the books.Sala, a former Navy operations specialist, said it’s time for the gay and lesbian community to stop hiding in fear.”This is not in any way a violation of military policy and it’s time for the country to move on – plain and simple,” he said.Rolling slowly behind the 200 service members was a green half-ton military truck with the banner “Taking pride in our LGBT service men and women.” Speakers on the truck blasted out “Taps” and military fight songs.Miranda LeClair, 30, a former military police officer for the Navy, carried a sign that read: “Proudly served in silence for nine years.” She attended with her girlfriend, also a former member of the military police.”It’s been a long time coming,” said LeClair, who left the service in November. “This is really an emotional day for me.”LeClair said she was investigated under “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2008 but her commanders decided not to pursue discharging her.Marine Corps officials said service members who are not in uniform are within their rights to participate in a gay pride parade.The policy has been on and off the books as the Obama administration works to end the law while at the same time fights a court battle because of a lawsuit by the gay rights organization, the Log Cabin Republicans, which sued the Justice Department to stop the policy’s enforcement immediately.The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a July 6 ruling on the lawsuit, ordered the 17-year policy be immediately halted.The Department of Justice filed an emergency motion Thursday asking the court to reconsider its order, saying ending the ban now would pre-empt the “orderly process” for rolling back the policy as outlined in the law passed and signed by the president in December.Late Friday the court temporarily reinstated it, while prohibiting any investigation, penalties or discharges under the rule. The Pentagon said the ban could be lifted within weeks.”I’m so happy I’m here and I’m able to come out and support not only myself but those who can’t be here today,” said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Collins, who has served for 11 years.