Friday, 22 June 2007

Army Bans Soldiers In Uniform From London Pride

Above are two proud American soldiers in military uniform at a Pride Parade in L.A. held a few weeks ago, similar scenes won't be seen in London, as split has emerged in the British Armed Forces over the issue of London's Pride march on June 30.

The Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in unifom at the event or from wearing anything that would identify their Army role.

General Sir Richard Dannatt's decision has caused controversy at the Ministry of Defence and among the gay community.

The Royal Navy, which is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme, allow sailors to march in uniform at Pride and use it as a recruitment opportunity.

The Times reports that a "highly sensitive internal debate between the three Service chiefs over whether gay and lesbian members of the Armed Forces should be allowed openly to participate in the event" took place.

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