In the week that the armed forces' LGBT conference takes place in London, Chris Root, a former soldier, still has painful memories of being thrown out of the army for being a lesbian. When Root joined up inaged 17, she could not have imagined that she would be discharged just before she completed her four years in the Royal Army Armoured Corps with "services no longer required" stamped on her papers. I soon experienced a different world," said Root.
Battling the 'homosexual agenda,' the hard-line religious right has made a series of incendiary claims. But they're just not true. Ever since born-again singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant helped kick off the contemporary anti-gay movement some 40 years ago, hard-line elements of the religious right have been searching for ways to demonize gay people — or, at a minimum, to find arguments that will prevent their normalization in society.
For years, Brett Jones lived a double life. He was also gay. He held his secret close, so close that his SEAL teammates — his closest friends — never suspected.
The Department of Defense has made a lasting commitment to living the values we defend—to treating everyone equally—because we need to be a meritocracy. We have to focus relentlessly on our mission, which means the thing that matters most about a person is what they can contribute to national defense. Uniform Code of Military Justice supersedes service-specific disciplinary policies.
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Fifty years after homosexuality was partially decriminalised, Keith Biddlecombe tells BuzzFeed News about what happened when he was sent to prison in the s, and the devastating tragedy that unfolded as a result. The walls were made of sandstone. There was no window, just bars on the door through which a landing stretched out to row upon row of cells.
There have been no negative effects on US troops who have served with openly homosexual forces from other countries, a study has found. The Centre for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California at Santa Barbara commissioned the study to examine whether the US military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is necessary for what the army calls "unit cohesion". The study focused on openly gay service personnel from Britain, Australia, the Netherlands and Canada who have served alongside US troops in multinational military units.
The sergeant and I stared at each other for a moment as the office door shut. Only seconds earlier, we both stood silent, hands clasped behind our backs respectfully, as a noncommissioned officer stood inches from my face and threatened to end my career. As we left the office, the sergeant searched for something consolatory to say.