06 Aug '11, 10am

Dutch military joins Gay Pride parade for first time

Dutch military joins Gay Pride parade for first time

Embracing a policy of 'Do Tell,' the Dutch military is joining Amsterdam's annual Gay Pride parade for the first time this year, with uniformed men and women saluting the crowds from a boat chugging through the city's canals. -- PHOTO: AP AMSTERDAM - EMBRACING a policy of 'Do Tell,' the Dutch military is joining Amsterdam's annual Gay Pride parade for the first time this year, with uniformed men and women saluting the crowds from a boat chugging through the city's canals. Unlike the United States military, gays have openly served in Dutch units since 1974, and have had a department within the Defence Ministry minding their interests for 25 years. Former US Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, who was discharged in 2010 after violating the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, is a guest on the float. Some 80 boats are taking part in Saturday's parade, with hundreds of thousands of spectato...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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