MORE than a dozen Royal Navy sailors marched proudly in their uniforms past cheering crowds at this year’s London Pride.
The 22 sailors, some of whom are from Portsmouth-based ships, led the armed forces contingent at the 42nd gay pride festivities in the capital.
Those marching at the annual event represented a wide cross section of various units within the navy, including the Royal Naval Reserve.
Commander Chris New, the head of the diversity and inclusion policy team at Royal Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth, said: ‘We can take great pride that the naval service is an employer that values and respects diversity, and it is right that we should demonstrate this to the wider population.’
The day before the march, the servicemen and women attended a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender conference at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in London.
The parade ended with the platoon paying its respects to the war dead with a march past the Cenotaph in Whitehall.
Around 15,000 people joined the march and more than 500,000 watched from the sidelines as rainbow flags and colourful costumes brightened up the streets of the capital.