The Canadian Press reports the flag, a symbol for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, is to be flown at CFB Edmonton for a week to coincide with the city’s Pride festival.
CP says the move came following a request from Master Warrant Officer John McDougall, a 23-year veteran of the armed forces.
“This is a huge turnaround from what used to be,” he told CP. “When I first joined, I would never even consider telling anyone that I was gay. It just wasn’t macho.
“To be at the stage now where it is not only recognized and accepted and tolerated, but the base commander of the one of the largest bases of Canada is willing to have that flag put up, it is just an amazing feeling.”
Internet giants, Facebook and Google, have come out in full support of the recent Supreme Court ruling in the U.S. that granted same-sex couples federal benefits and overturning the Defence of Marriage Act.
Facebook has rolled out a new “pride” emoticon along with a detailed statistics on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community on the social network. On clicking the smiley-face image in the status-update, they get an option to choose a rainbow icon, which indicates “pride”, under the “feeling” drop down menu.
Facebook reveals about 70 percent of its users in the U.S. have a friend on the network who is either gay, lesbian or bisexual. The company further reveals as of Thursday morning, there were about 4 million mentions of the news on the network. Moreover, 25 million profile pictures were changed in support of the ruling.
“I’m proud that our country is moving in the right direction, and I’m happy for so many of my friends and their families. #PrideConnectsUs,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Earlier, Google rolled out a rainbow search box for search related to gay marriage, such as “gay” and “lesbian”. However, the rainbow search was already available during the Gay Pride month.