Originally published: August 5, 2017
When the annual Montreal LGBTQ Parade heads down Rene-Levesque Blvd. on Aug. 20, members of Canada’s Armed Forces won’t have to ask permission to be there. In fact, for the first time ever, attendance is being encouraged by the top brass.
“We were very happy to see that the military is doing a step forward to have more inclusion in the military,” said Montreal Pride Vice-President Jean-Sebastien Boudreault.
In the past, members of the armed forces needed to ask permission from their superiors to attend Pride events. In June, Canadian Armed Forces Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance issued a directive saying that not only is that no longer required, but any troops who wish to attend should do so.