Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance (C) takes part in the Ottawa Pride Parade in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, August 27, 2017.
OTTAWA, Canada - Canada's top military official on Sunday for the first time took part in the Gay Pride parade in Ottawa, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also on hand.
Army General Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, became the highest ranking military official to join people celebrating in Canada's federal capital.
He said earlier he wanted to show solidarity with members of the LGBT community and underscore that they are welcome in Canada's military.
It was a sharp contrast to the United States, where President Donald Trump is seeking to ban transsexuals from military service.
Trudeau had taken part in pride events in the past, but this was also the first time here that he did so as prime minister.
We are "open to diversity, and we know it's one of our strengths, whether it be in the military or everywhere else," Trudeau said.