Skip to main content Press Enter. Home News Features Display. Bruce Jenner took the world by storm; gracing the cover of a popular magazine and introducing the world to his true self Caitlyn Jenner. Supporters called Jenner courageous while others scoffed, with a different definition for bravery and heroism; outraged Caitlyn could be compared to a military war hero. The nearly 14, service members who were kicked out between and as a result of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy suggests that 20 years ago those opposed would be indisputably right but times have changed and the military has evolved.
LGBT service members are allowed to be out and proud, but a fear of repercussions persists
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The study, published by the journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy , found that 59 percent of respondents did not feel comfortable being out at work, either because of career repercussions or because of the burden of being a token responsible for educating their peers. Pentagon officials did not immediate respond to a request for comment about the study. And despite a Monday Supreme Court decision which ruled that workplace discrimination against LBGT employees violates the Civil Rights Act of , that decision does not include service members. The study came out of interviews with 37 service members during , at a time when Obama administration policy allowed transgender troops to take hormones as part of a transition, despite not allowing them to formalize a transition in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. For more newsletters click here. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe.
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The participants shared personal stories and experiences, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts taken by the Army, along with how the policies have impacted their lives. However, with change have come setbacks. In , the Department of Defense Directive The directive was a compromise measure that barred LGBTQ-identifying persons from military service, but also prohibited military personnel from discriminating against, or harassing, closeted gay and lesbian troops.
Over five million men served in the British armed forces during World War 2. Of these, it's likely that at least , were gay or bisexual based on projections from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles which found that six per cent of men report having had homosexual experiences. Before his death, he told me his story, with a mixture of pride and sorrow. I retell it here, in remembrance of a good friend. Having risked his life during WW2, and nearly died in a Japanese POW camp, Cave was angry that once the war was over Britain's gay soldiers were persecuted and jailed by the military authorities.