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Norway military partook in Oslo Pride parade. Over 25,000 people marched in Saturday’s event in support of the LGBT community. The popular parade, which proceeded through the streets of the capital as part of the annual event, had Norwegian Armed Forces gay and heterosexual officers, soldiers, and other personnel in it. The military had an information stand in Pride Park in the centre of Oslo, offering visitors a chance to ask questions and talk to members in the Armed Forces.

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Norway military partook in Oslo Pride parade

Published on Wednesday, 1st July, 2015 at 10:25 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

Over 25,000 people marched in Saturday’s event in support of the LGBT community.

Military personnel in the parade
A soldier receiving a hug. Major Svein Erik Vangen (left). Military personnel in the parade
Photo: Stian Ødegaard/Armed Forces Media Centre


The popular parade, which proceeded through the streets of the capital as part of the annual event, had Norwegian Armed Forces gay and heterosexual officers, soldiers, and other personnel in it.

The military had an information stand in Pride Park in the centre of Oslo, offering visitors a chance to ask questions and talk to members in the Armed Forces.

“We must show that we support – and depend on – diversity in all its forms. We didn’t participate to recruit, but to show support and show that the Armed Forces want diversity in our own organisation,” said Major Svein Erik Vangen.

The Major, who himself is openly gay, has supported the parade for years and was the initiator of the Armed Forces’ stand.

“I’ve spent some time creating understanding among commanders in the system why this is important, but mostly all are positive when they realise what it is about. It is important that the Armed Forces participating in the Oslo Pride, because we must make it clear that we are and totally dependent on diversity in all forms. We stood there not primarily to recruit, but to show support and that the military wants diversity also in our own ranks. We received only positive feedback,” he stated.

According to him, the some 100,000-strong crowd cheered when they saw the military personnel marching in the Gay Parade.

“The response we have received is overwhelming and fantastic. It exceeded my expectations, and confirms my assumptions about how important this is for the Armed Forces' reputation, and the population's understanding of defence,” Major Vangen declared.

The military’s participation has been voluntary the last five years, and they will be organising next year’s too.

Oslo Pride originated in 1982 as “Gay Days”. Its purpose was to show equality, acceptance, and respect for the gay community.

Same-sex marriage in Norway was legalised on 1st January 2009, some six and a half years before the US Supreme Court’s recent ruling.



Published on Wednesday, 1st July, 2015 at 10:25 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: oslo, lgbt, military.





  
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