The first magazine for gay and lesbian troops has been launched in the US.

OutServe is currently available online, although publishers say the next issue will be in print.

The magazine is published by the OutServe support network, which began last year to help serving gay and lesbian troops.

OutServe has around 2,900 members in more than 40 chapters.

The first edition of the magazine was put together with just four volunteers but editor J Mills said the next issue would be larger.

Mr Mills, who is serving in the Air Force and asked for his first name to be kept secret, said he hoped the publication would eventually be available in military bases.

He told ABC News: “The magazine really is a grassroots efforts by our own people to reach out and support our own.

“It just helps us get our message out and helps people to see that this is no big deal. Full implementation is right around the corner, and we think it’s a great thing to get this out sooner rather than later.”