Britain’s Royal Marines are set to make history as they join the London Pride march for the first time ever.
The Royal Marine’s march will be led by the Royal Marine band service and will be joined by members of the Armed Forces at the celebratory event today (July 7).
According to reports, the Royal Marines and Armed Forces will march through Central London before stopping at the Cenotaph in Whitehall to pay tribute to the LGBT people who have served in the Armed Forces.
In an interview with Portsmouth News, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Mike Hill, who helped organise the march, said: “It has been almost 20 years since the ban on LGBT+ people serving in the military was lifted, but many people outside of the armed forces still think it’s an exclusively macho organisation.
“That couldn’t be further from the truth. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines recognise there is strength in diversity, and the modern armed forces are welcoming of people from all backgrounds.”
He added: “We welcome the best talent in our ranks from all sexual orientations and gender identities.”