Dutch soldiers to join Gay Pride Parade
The Dutch defence ministry will this year for the first time participate in Amsterdam's Gay Pride Parade, the event's organisers have announced.
Gay soldiers will join the parade dressed in uniform on a separate boat, an initiative taken by the Gay Army Organisation. The parade will take place on 6 August.
The parade's organisers and the Gay Army Organisation have voiced delight at the news. They say their participation is a huge step forward in the social acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the armed forces. Two years ago, gay soldiers were not allowed to join the event. Last year they were granted permission to do so but only on a personal basis.
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