The U.S. military took "a giant leap in the right direction" according to Executive Director of San Diego Pride Dwayne Crenshaw when it announced Thursday that gay military personnel would be allowed to wear their uniforms at San Diego's LGBT Pride Festival and Parade this Saturday. The announcement came from the office of the deputy assistant secretary of Defense and informed personnel that they could wear their uniforms in the parade "provided service members participate in their personal capacity and ensure the adherence to military service standards of appearance and wear of the military uniform."

Saturday's parade marks the very first time that gay military personnel will be allowed to wear their uniforms in a pride parade, and it ensures that, from now on, all military personnel will be covered by the same policy (before the announcement, decisions not to allow gay personnel to wear their uniforms at pride events was being made by individual commands). Since military regulations bar personnel from wearing uniforms in a way that will "bring discredit" to America's imperial war machine, the Pentagon's move comes as definite, pinch-me proof that the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" has actually happened.

Gay military personnel can wear uniforms in parade, Pentagon says [LA Times]