Retrieved December 12, There are currently 26 countries which allow gays and lesbians to serve and around 10 more countries that don't outwardly prohibit them from serving. Bill's supporters stunned by defeat. Retrieved 26 August Sweden allows homosexuals to serve openly  and was amongst the first nations in the world to allow LGBT people to do so. In New Zealand it has been legal for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons to serve in the military since New Zealand's Human Rights Act ended most forms of employment discrimination against lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
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US military lifts ban on openly gay troops
Inthe Pentagon added sexual orientation to the Military Equal Opportunity policy for the first time, meaning gay servicemen and servicewomen would be protected from discrimination. The Belgian military also continues to reserve the right to deny gay and lesbian personnel high-level security clearances, for fear they may be susceptible to blackmail. Many soldiers accused of homosexual behavior were discharged for being "sexual psychopaths", although the number of discharges greatly decreased during wartime efforts. Some other states chose to place their state employees on federal status for the sake of processing such applications. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Nordic School of Public Health. In a comprehensive review of interviews with all known experts on homosexuality in the IDF in researchers were not able to find any data suggesting that Israel's decision to lift its gay ban undermined operational effectiveness, combat readiness, unit cohesion or morale.
Inthe Netherlands was the first country to ban discrimination against gays in the military. In a speech to the conference inthe first of its kind by any Army chief, General Sir Richards said that respect for gays, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual officers and soldiers was now "a command responsibility" and was vital for "operational effectiveness". Injust after Senate Republicans blocked a repeal effort, Clinton himself voiced regret over the policyand said he had only settled on it after it became clear both the Senate and the House would favor an absolute ban on gays in the military. A news article by Canadian journalist, Jon Tattrie, reported on the changed attitude towards the presence of homosexual members of the Canadian Forces in his article "Being Gay in the Military" Metro Ottawaquoting Canadian Forces spokesperson Rana Sioufi as saying: The pressure even drove some LGB members to suicide.