LGB service by country. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer LGBTQ personnel are able to serve in the armed forces of some countries around the world: the vast majority of industrialized, Western countries, including some Latin American countries such as Brazil and Chile ,   in addition to South Africa , and Israel. This keeps pace with the latest global figures on acceptance of homosexuality, which suggest that acceptance of LGBTQ communities is becoming more widespread only in secular, affluent countries. However, an accepting policy toward gay and lesbian soldiers does not invariably guarantee that LGBTQ citizens are immune to discrimination in that particular society. Even in countries where LGBTQ persons are free to serve in the military, activists lament that there remains room for improvement. Israel , for example, a country that otherwise struggles to implement LGBTQ-positive social policy, nevertheless has a military well known for its broad acceptance of openly gay soldiers.
Gays in the U.S. Military Are Now Protected Against 'Witch Hunts'
Pentagon: Letting openly gay troops serve won't hurt military - apartmanihrvatska.info
Portal homepage About this portal. While future outcomes of policy changes are never completely knowable, extensive research on the issue of gay service is available to help policymakers assess the most likely impact of allowing open gays to serve in the U. The research consists of over half a century of evidence gathered by university scholars, independent academic consultants, U. The data come from four main areas: literature on cohesion and performance in large institutions; the experiences of foreign militaries, twenty-five of which currently allow openly gay service; American institutions, including fire and police departments and national security agencies; and the U. The totality of this research strongly suggests that the net impact of repeal on cohesion, morale, readiness, privacy, and effectiveness will be positive and not negative, and that any impairment that might emerge would be negligible and could be easily managed.
An Army General Opens Up About Being Gay During DADT
By its year anniversary, over 12, officers had been discharged from the military due to their refusal to conceal their sexual identity. The law was not immediately invalidated, however. The repeal went into effect in September Windsor , gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members still did not enjoy the same benefits afforded to heterosexual service members. This was primarily due to the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA , which prevented same-sex couples from accessing federal benefits given to married opposite sex couples.
When Brig. By Sarah Sicard April 10, Tammy Smith joined ROTC to pay for school , she never expected to spend the next 30 years in military. Since she commissioned in , however, Smith has done far more than just make a career out of the military.