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Gay People In The Military

Updated on January 31, 2010



At one time in Britain it was illegal to be homosexual and you would go to prison for it, that’s why certain people of the older generations still oppose us, this is not always through bigotry if you wish to understand their views you have to go back through history to when they were your ages. Please don’t expect them to change their views because you would be wrong in that, as when they were younger homosexuality was a taboo and did not ever enter a conversation and they were raised to acknowledge the law that stated homosexuality was illegal, however I’m not saying dislike the older generation because many are not bothered by what you are, but that does not give you the right to shove it down their throats as its not their fault and it certainly does not give them the right to attack you either, which is what will happen if you boast it at them and if they boast at you.

Now we will start with the second world war with the military as it is easier to begin with, homosexuals in the forces were arrested if caught and given what is known as a blue discharge and expelled from the military losing the respect from others and only receiving bigotry and arrest in some cases violence. During the call up for men to fight in the forces you under went a physical examination and if you passed you would be asked a series of questions I’m not going to go into them all but one they did ask was "are you a practicing homosexual" and another one was "do you like girls." which was more commonly used in the American draft. If you answered yes to the practicing homosexual one you would be given the worst treatment possible and thrown out of the examination and probably handed to the police, a good film to watch on this is "the naked civil servant" as you can see just exactly what kind of treatment we received during that period of time. Many homosexuals did get passed the medicals etc and entered the forces some were arrested but quite a few were not and gave their lives right beside the heterosexuals who were fighting for the freedom from fascism and evil so that we can live in the religious free and democratic society that we live in today never to fear what so many endured during those dreadful years of tyranny and mass murder.

Throughout the years from the second world war homosexuals were not allowed to enter the forces, though many did but never said if they were gay or not and kept it to themselves because of bigotry from the other soldiers and arrest.

Nowadays we can enter the forces we have "a don’t ask don’t tell" approach like the one that is now used in America and many are fighting today along side their heterosexual comrades in Afghanistan and Iraq be it in the army, navy and the air force giving their lives for freedom of oppression. Both the heterosexuals and homosexuals who fought and are fighting now are to be commended for their brave efforts regardless of gender, because their hard efforts and sacrifices that they have endured and are enduring is for the right to live in freedom and peace as we know it in our society and many others like us and not the tyranny that those people in Afghanistan and Iraq have lived under for many long years. So they deserve all of the respect and gratitude for their fight that we as a nation should give them and not the mockery and disgusting slurs that some ignorant radical extremists and bigots abuse them with at the end of the day they dont want to be there either, its governments who wage war not military personnel.


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      6 years ago

      Thanksfully the law in the States has now changed and gay people can serve openly in the military. Unfortunately there's still some way to go in terms of partners of those serving being acknowledged as such and receiving benefits but at least an injustice is being consigned to history.


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