Ask, Tell!! - Soldiers march in Toronto Gay Pride parade

  • duglyduckling

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    Jun 30, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/06/29/gay-pride.html

    Soldiers march in Toronto Gay Pride parade

    For the first time, members of Canada's Armed Forces represented the military in Toronto's annual Gay Pride parade, held Sunday.

    Lt. Steven Churm, one of 10 soldiers from across the country who marched in uniform, said their presence sends a message that the Canadian military is inclusive and an equal-opportunity employer.

    Members of the Canadian Forces were permitted to march in uniform for the first time during Toronto's Gay Pride parade on Sunday.

    "The message to the public is that the Canadian Forces is an employer of choice. We have employment opportuntities that people can pursue, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation," he told CBC News.

    "For our own members, they can be proud of what they're doing and also be proud of who they are."

    To mark its place in the festivities, the Canadian Forces set up an information booth in an area of the city where thousands of people gathered for the start of the parade.

    The parade is the main event for Canada's largest gay pride celebration and marks the end of a week of festivities that organizers say attracted about one million people.
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    Jul 07, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    Wow !!! this is really great !!! I wonder how long it will be before we can see this here in the USA? Did any group protest the gay soldiers in Uniform?
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    Jul 07, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    None as far as I know Reallifedad. I did not see the parade, but friends of mine indicated that the Canadian Armed Forces contingent was about 5 or so. Toronto's gay pride has groups representing firefighters, policemen, paramedics, etc.. Groups that are not traditionally seen as bastions of gay-friendly or gay people.
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    Jul 07, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    JBE60 saidNone as far as I know Reallifedad. I did not see the parade, but friends of mine indicated that the Canadian Armed Forces contingent was about 5 or so. Toronto's gay pride has groups representing firefighters, policemen, paramedics, etc.. Groups that are not traditionally seen as bastions of gay-friendly or gay people.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Then gay folk up there are doing a great job at making sure people see we gays for what we are-right in the middle of the mainstream of life with everyone else. Here, this hasn't come accross yet, the better share of "God fearing" people, see a gay as someone who will assult their sons eventually.