The San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade has banned military recruiters from participating in the 44th annual event this weekend, the most iconic of its kind in the world, due to the National Guard’s policy against transgendered service members, and in protest against sexual assaults in the military, the Daily Caller reports Wednesday.
Last year, the military was allowed to participate, after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which previously had barred openly gay and lesbian volunteers from serving in the armed forces. The latest push is to expand eligibility to transgendered individuals, who are born with one sex but have the gender identity of the other.
The ban includes the California Military Department, which is separate from the U.S. Department of Defense and does allow transgendered people to serve in the California State Military Reserve (SMR). As such, Lt. Col. Darrin Bender of the CMD told LifeSiteNews the Pride Parade had acted purely out of “anti-military bias.”