Top sol­dier is­sues di­rec­tive on Pride

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

MONTREAL — Canada’s top sol­dier has is­sued a di­rec­tive en­cour­ag­ing mil­i­tary per­son­nel to at­tend Pride events in uni­form.

The di­rec­tive is­sued by Gen. Jonathan Vance in June states that sol­diers no longer have to seek au­tho­riza­tion to wear their uni­forms to Pride pa­rades. Vice-Ad­mi­ral Ron Lloyd, head of the Cana­dian Navy, is­sued a sim­i­lar di­rec­tive to his sailors ear­lier this sum­mer. The or­der is part of a strat­egy to in­crease di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in the Cana­dian Forces.

Mil­i­tary per­son­nel have been able to march in Pride pa­rades for sev­eral years but gen­er­ally have to ask per­mis­sion to wear their uni­forms to pub­lic events.

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