The head of Sweden’s Armed Forces sings Elvis at Pride

The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces is getting a lot of attention – after singing an Elvis cover while marching at Stockholm’s Pride parade.

Sweden is the host of this year’s EuroPride festivities, split between the cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg – and many of the country’s institutions have thrown themselves into the celebrations head first.

The Swedish Armed Forces have been prominent in their celebrations of diversity across the festivities, with a powerful campaign reminding people that “We don’t always march straight.”

The head of the Armed Forces, General Micael Bydén, took part in the Pride parade in Stockholm on August 4, with a clip on social media showing him demonstrating a surprising talent.

Marching in front of the military personnel in the parade, the General – who has served with the Air Force in Afghanistan – can be seen singing a cover of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.”

The crowd appeared to be thrilled with the moment, though Russian state propaganda outlet Sputnik claims it has “divided the Swedish public.”

The official social media accounts of the Armed Forces recently shared a picture of two soldiers in rainbow camo under the slogan: “We don’t always march straight.”

The caption said: “No matter when or where we march, we always stand up for your right to live the way you want with whoever you want.”

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