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Armed Forces Personnel Join 'Biggest Ever' London Pride

More than 250 military personnel from across the services have been taking part.

Huge crowds have gathered in London for this year's Pride parade.

Organisers say the event will be the biggest to date, with as many as 1.5 million people taking to the streets to celebrate diversity and campaign for LGBTQ rights.

More than 250 military personnel from across the services are on the annual march from Portland Place to Whitehall.

This year marks 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in New York, a turning point in the gay rights movement around the world.

It is also a special year for UK Armed Forces, as it marks almost 20 years since the ban was lifted on LGBTQ people serving in the military.

The Defence Secretary was also at the parade.

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt praised the military for its support to the LGBTQ community:

"It's really important that our Armed Forces and civilians in defence are here.

"It's a special year for us because it's 20 years since people were able to be out and serving."

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This is the 19th anniversary year of open trans service in the British Armed Forces (Picture: MOD).

This year, all three services are featured in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for LGBTQ+ people

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) recently announced new measures to create more modern and flexible accommodation, including allowing cohabitation of same-sex couples in MOD properties.

The ban on LGBTQ+ people serving in the military was lifted on 12 January 2000, when a new general code of sexual conduct was introduced.

This was after a long court battle assisted by Stonewall, which had to go all the way to the European Court of Human Rights before being won.

RAF Pride 2019
This year's Pride parade marks 50 years since the Stonewall uprising in New York (Picture: MOD).