US Military Color Guard Marches at DC Capital Pride

Author: , June 8th, 2014

Capital Pride Washington DCBill Morgan, 76, was kicked out of the Citadel, the military college in South Carolina, because he was gay. He lied so he could serve in the Air Force, in the closet, wary and silent, as gay friends were drummed out. So when the eight-man U.S. military color guard marched for the first time at the head of Capital Pride, the District’s gay pride parade, Morgan was, for a moment, speechless.

“Never in a million years,” Morgan said, a string of rainbow beads circling his neck. “I never imagined that I could come from there to here. I’m just glad I lived long enough to see it.”

Afeefah Asare, 30, of Northern Virginia, who just moments before the color guard passed had been whooping it up and yelling “Happy Pride!,” stopped in shock and stared at the passing flags of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. “That is awesome,” she said solemnly. “It means everybody’s in now.”

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