Don't Ask, Don't Tell — the US military's year ban on openly gay and lesbian service personnel — has officially been repealed, ushering in a new era for the country's armed forces. In a statement President Barack Obama welcomed the end of a policy that he said had forced gay and lesbian members to "lie about who they are". The repeal, which took effect from midnight on Tuesday, was celebrated as "momentous news" by gay lobby groups across the US, who have long fought against the policy, and among the military's estimated 65, serving gay and lesbian servicemen and women.
Gay and trans soldiers in South Korea face violence, harassment and pervasive discrimination due to the criminalization of consensual sex between men in the military, Amnesty International said as it released a new report outlining why this unjust law must be abolished. In South Korea, it is compulsory for all men to perform a minimum 21 months of military service. Criminalization creates an environment where discrimination is tolerated, and even encouraged, based solely on who someone is.
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By country. LGB service by country. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT personnel are able to serve in the armed forces of some countries around the world: the vast majority of industrialized, Western countries, in addition to BrazilChile  South AfricaIsraeland South Korea. This keeps pace with the latest global figures on acceptance of homosexuality, which suggest that acceptance of LGBT communities is becoming more widespread only in secular, affluent countries.
Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service. The U. Supreme Court, in a vote Tuesday, gave the administration the green light to put the policy into effect even as legal challenges continue.
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When the investigators put him on a video call with his ex-lover, who admitted to the relationship, he felt he had to confess. But Mr. Kim is one of an increasing number of gay or transgender soldiers who have been persecuted under Article of the Army Criminal Act, which has been used to out them and punish them for consensual sex, Amnesty International said in a report released on Thursday.
Sexuality Research and Social Policy. This article contributes to the growing field of research on military LGBT policy development by exploring the case of Sweden, a non-NATO-member nation regarded as one of the most progressive in terms of the inclusion of LGBT personnel. Drawing on extensive archival work, the article shows that the story of LGBT policy development in the Swedish Armed Forces from to is one of long periods of status quo and relative silence, interrupted by leaps of rapid change, occasionally followed by the re-appearance of discriminatory policy. The analysis brings out two periods of significant change, — and —, here described as turns in LGBT policy.
By country. This overview shows the regulations regarding military service of non-heterosexuals around the world. Conceptions and categories of sexual orientation are not universal.