The eight-member team will reportedly be the first Armed Forces color guard in American history to march in a gay pride parade. Since the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in , pride organizers say Armed Forces color guards have repeatedly declined requests to participate in parades , the Washington Post reports. This year, they were caught off guard by the one group's decision to march. A statement on Capital Pride's website reads: "We are very proud that for the first time ever in our country, the Department of Defense will participate in a Pride Parade. This is significant step forward for the community as a whole and particularly for those LGBT members of the armed forces. The historic collaboration between the Armed Forces and the gay community comes just weeks after Pennsylvania became the 19th state to allow same-sex marriage.
Several injured in Washington, DC, pride parade from gun scare
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Several people were injured at a gay pride parade in Washington on Saturday when some in the crowd ran to escape what they thought was gunfire, and a man was later arrested when police found a firearm near him, officials said. Police, at the outset of the incident, received a report of a man with a gun at a park, Washington police Commander Guillermo Rivera told reporters. Seven people were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries they sustained in the disturbance and a number of other people with minor injuries were treated at the scene, Rivera said. Gay pride is celebrated around the world in June, with some parades set on or around June 28 to mark the anniversary of a police raid at the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York, where patrons fought back and inspired the modern LGBT rights movement.
NYC Pride March
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New York City Pride March is an event celebrating the LGBTQ community ; it is one of the largest annual Pride marches in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators each June. The largest NYC Pride March to date coincided with the Stonewall 50 — WorldPride NYC festivities, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the riots at the Stonewall Inn , with , participants and five million visitors to Manhattan on Pride weekend;  an estimated four million attended the parade. This event, together with further protests and rioting over the following nights, marked a watershed moment in the modern LGBT rights movement and the impetus for organizing LGBT pride marches on a much larger scale. Veterans of the riot formed a group, the Stonewall Veterans Association , which has continued to drive the advancement of LGBT rights from the rioting at the Stonewall Inn, to the present day.