It's the gay ROTC visiting San Diego Pride from Chicago. They're a little more flamboyant than the regular ROTC! Still, they twirl a mean fake rifle and appeared to be having a lot of fun. Hopefully, the real ROTC got a chuckle out of it rather than taking offense at the fun.
Overall, Pride was a pretty festive, happy event. There was this older Hispanic woman, however, riding on one of the floats with a sad but determined look on her face and a sign that said, "Stop Homophobia in Mexico; I want my Son back." I was thus reminded how far we have come in America, in spite of all the remaining bigotry. That we would even have the political debate over constitutional amendments to prevent gay marriage, while a symptom of deep-rooted lingering bigotry, is also a sign of hope that people even dare to discuss gay marriage. We are reminded that, in countries like Iran, for example, being gay may be against the law and punishable by imprisonment or torture. Legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians is clearly still present in the U.S. but also, clearly, the country has moved a long ways towards tolerance.