Message from a Prideful Admiral

While COVID-19 restrictions will mute public celebrations somewhat, our West Coast sunny summer days will still make for a terrific Pride Week in Victoria (June 28 to July 5). 

This week we join (virtual) hands with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and 2-spirited (LGBTQ2+) service people and Defence Team members to celebrate the diversity of the Canadian Armed Forces and our community. Even if most events are scaled back or delivered virtually while B.C. continues to “be kind, be calm, and be safe”, let’s take the time to celebrate our diversity, even if it is in small ways.

Diverse perspectives compliment how we make decisions, providing valuable and unique viewpoints that strengthen the Royal Canadian Navy not only culturally, but operationally as well. We are proud and fortunate to have these voices in our family.

We are on a continuum of continual improvement, and while much work remains to be done, I know we are heading in the right direction and I know we will adhere to the Canadian Armed Forces core values of respect and dignity for our LGBTQ2+ community.

I am truly pleased to raise the Pride flag over the Formation in June to demonstrate our solidarity with our LGBTQ2+ soldiers, sailors, aviators, civilians, and community members showcasing the inclusivity and diversity of the CAF, and the pride we all share in serving Canada.

As Pride events take place here in Victoria and across Canada, let’s celebrate together and in this challenging time remember to be kind, be calm, and be safe.

Rear-Admiral Bob Auchterlonie
Commander Maritime Forces Pacific


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