Organizers of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade throw a party where everyone is welcome. Now, for the first time, military recruiters will join the crowd.
The California National Guard will set up two recruiting booths at this weekend’s event, which organizers predict will draw 1 million people to San Francisco.
The presence of the uniformed recruiters will mark the first time the military has participated in the city’s largest gay-rights celebration. It’s a change enabled by the Obama administration’s 2011 repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, permitting gays and lesbians to serve openly in military ranks.