report scams here at scam.com dont get scammed Scams and Scammers - Expose hypocrisy and spread respect ! Don't get ripped off! REGISTER
Go Back   scams > Scam Message Board > Political Chat
Register FAQ Register To Post Member List Promote Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-07-2011, 03:09 PM
pwrone's Avatar
pwrone pwrone is offline
Preserve. Protect. Defend.
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 14,076
Dutch Military Marches in Gay Parade

Just FILLED with confidence in the future of Europe!

Nothing shrieks "we've got your back" like gay marching.




Dutch military joins Gay Pride parade for 1st time


Aug 6, 12:49 PM (ET)

** ARTHUR MAX

(AP) Lt. Dan Choi, second right, a discharged openly gay U.S. Army veteran who has been an outspoken...
Full Image


AMSTERDAM (AP) - Embracing a policy of "Do Tell," the Dutch military joined Amsterdam's annual Gay Pride parade for the first time, with uniformed men and women saluting the crowds from a boat chugging through a historic city canal.

A balloon-festooned barge bearing the standards of the service branches and sponsored ** the Defense Ministry sailed among about 80 other floats, with music blaring from most of them and dancers dressed in flamboyant costumes - or very little at all.

The parade, watched ** hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the Prinsengracht canal, capped a weeklong festival of around 300 parties and events. It included the popular "Drag Queen Olympics" with contests like the stiletto race and the long-distance handbag toss.

U.S. and British activists sailed with Dutch generals and other senior officers - some gay and others showing solidarity - among some 80 military and ministry civilian personnel.

(AP) Lt. Dan Choi, a discharged openly gay U.S. Army veteran who has been an outspoken critic of the...
Full Image

Unlike the U.S. military, gays have openly served in Dutch units since 1974, and for 25 years have had a department within the ministry that minds their interests, the Foundation for Homosexuals in the Armed Forces.

Still, gay servicemen say having their own presentation in the famed floating parade marked "a huge step forward" in a country already noted for sexual equality.

The foundation had been denied permission for several years to join the event, although in the last two years soldiers were allowed to participate in military dress on other boats. "The political leaders thought it was not appropriate to wear a uniform at this kind of parade," said army Maj. Peter Kees Hamstra, a foundation spokesman.
"This shows everyone that the climate is changing," he said.
Hamstra said 6 to 8 percent of the Dutch military are gay or lesbian - about the same as in the general population.

(AP) Embracing a policy of "Do Tell" the Dutch military joins Amsterdam's annual Gay Pride parade for...
Full Image
"It's so amazing to be here. This country got it right," said former U.S. Army Lt. Dan Choi, who was discharged last year after violating the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Choi applied to re-enlist after President Barack Obama signed a law last month repealing the ban.
"I intend to go back to the Army, in whatever capacity they most need," he told The Associated Press. But he'd like to be in the Army Reserve so that he can continue developing his new role as a gay-rights activist.
A West Point graduate and fluent in Arabic, Choi served in Iraq as a translator before acknowledging in a television interview that he is gay.
Also invited was British naval officer Lt. Cmdr. Mandy McBain, a human resources specialist who as a closeted junior officer had to process the papers of soldiers being dismissed because of their sexuality. Britain lifted the ban on gays in the military in 2000.
Despite its reputation for sexual liberation, harassment of gays inside and outside the military exists, and may have increased in recent years with more clashes reported.
"There are some macho units" in the Dutch military, said Hamstra. Women also are excluded from some units.
But Choi said, "The Dutch have been leaders, and Americans look up to that," while the U.S. military remains saddled with discriminatory policies.
Even after the recent legislation, "people will still be treated unfairly in the military. They just cannot get fired for being gay," he said.
He faulted Obama for deleting nondiscrimination language to win passage of the bill.
"He's not seeing gay people as legitimate and a recognized minority," Choi said. Gay soldiers have no family benefits for partners, nor can they use normal channels to complain of harassment, he said.



.
__________________
________________

Make Your Heart As Big as Your Dreams
Is your future secured?
Do you have all the money you need?
Do you have a plan to achieve your financial goals?
Would you like to see one?
thinkdreamcreate@gmail.com
Think big. Dream big. Create a better world.


Reply With Quote

Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
S. Africa Marches to Extort More Money for AIDS pwrone Political Chat 0 06-19-2010 11:17 AM
Protesters greet Dutch far-right MP Yeah Well Fine Then Political Chat 3 10-17-2009 09:01 PM
Parade Float acebaker Political Chat 2 02-02-2008 11:42 PM
Sorry to rain on all you 9/11 conspiranoiac's parade but... franKg Political Chat 52 03-21-2007 09:00 PM
SHOCKING.....Parade marred by violence pwrone Political Chat 5 09-26-2006 04:48 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump




This site may contain advice, opinions and statements of various information providers. Scam.com does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by any information provider, any User of this Site or any other person or entity. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement, or other information shall also be at the Userís own risk. Neither Scam.com nor its affiliates, nor any of their respective agents, employees, information providers or content providers, shall be liable to any User or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, alteration of or use of any content herein, or for its timeliness or completeness, nor shall they be liable for any failure of performance, computer virus or communication line failure, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting therefrom. Just because a business, person, or entity is listed on scam.com does not necessarily constitute they are scammers. This is a free open forum where people can debate the merits from the consumer's or business owner's perspective. Registration and participation is always FREE.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:56 PM.




Scam.com Is Proudly Hosted By Rackco and Protected By CloudFlare


Scams Message Board - Copyright 2004-2013 Scam.com , All Rights Reserved.