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Afghanistan

  • 31st July 2013

    Gay US soldiers demoted for use of Craigslist 23

    Soldiers posted in Afghanistan have been using Craigslist for casual encounters, according to the report

    7:11 PM — Soldiers in the US army posted in Afghanistan have been using the website Craigslist for casual hookups on base, but some have been heavily disciplined, demoted and fined, a report has revealed.

  • 16th October 2012

    Anti-gay church pickets funeral of lesbian US Army sergeant 34

    US Army Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson died earlier this month

    9:25 PM — Westboro Baptist Church has attempted to disrupt the funeral of US Army Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson, a married lesbian soldier who was killed this month along with several other people in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.

  • 3rd April 2012

    Afghanistan: US military investigates soldier raising gay pride flag 41

    Nicole Jodice wrote of the image: "hubbie in afghanistan raising a gay pride flag" (Photo: Facebook/Wipeout Homophobia Facebook Page)

    10:47 PM — The US military has begun formal investigations into a series of three photographs that purport to show a soldier raising a rainbow flag, signifying gay pride, allegedly at a base in Afghanistan.

  • 7th December 2010

    US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4

    Gay soldiers in the US military must keep their sexuality secret

    5:43 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he doubts that the ban on out gay troops will be lifted before the end of the year. He said he thought it was unlikely that the Senate would vote on the matter this month.

  • 24th November 2010

    Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13

    The video featured generals from other countries calling repeal a non-event

    5:38 PM — Fox News has refused to broadcast an advert which calls for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The ad, by the pro-repeal Palm Center, features Canadian and Australian military leaders saying that lifting their countries' bans on out gay soldiers were a "non-event" and did not harm the military.

  • 23rd February 2010

    US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7

    Army chiefs said they would not accept a temporary ban

    5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.

  • 2nd February 2010

    Pentagon to begin year-long review to repeal military gay ban 10

    The Pentagon is to look at repealing the ban

    6:00 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates is expected to confirm today (Tuesday) Pentagon plans to begin rolling back the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

  • 28th January 2010

    Obama promises to end military gay ban 15

    Obama said he would work to lift the ban this year

    10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama promised to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military last night. He said he would work with Congree and the military "this year".

  • 24th January 2010

    Film Review: Brothers 4

    Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Brothers

    12:12 AM — Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal appears in Brothers, the latest in a line of recent war movies that attempt to look into the psyche of soldiers as well as the effect that their absence, experiences and changed personas have on their families. However, the difference here is that this is just one facet of an incredibly complex film that deals with a multitude of themes.

  • 15th January 2010

    Pentagon lawyers advise delay on lifting military gay ban 34

    The ban may not be lifted for several years (Photo: US Army)

    3:34 PM — Lawyers for the head of the US military have advised that the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces should not be lifted yet.

  • 12th January 2010

    ‘No right to not be offended’, says Tatchell 59

    Peter Tatchell attacked the convictions

    1:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has spoken out in defence of five Islamic extremists convicted of abusive language at a march in Luton last year. He acknowledged their homophobia but said free speech must be defended.

  • 5th January 2010

    Anti-gay hate preacher’s march may be banned 85

    Anjem Choudary has not given a date for the proposed march

    12:11 PM — An attempt by an anti-gay Muslim preacher to hold a march in a British town may be blocked by home secretary Alan Johnson. Islam4UK, headed by Anjem Choudary, plans to march through Wootton Bassett, a town famous for honouring soldiers killed abroad.

  • 12th December 2009

    Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40

    Ben Rakestrow (photo source: Ben Rakestrow's published photographs on Facebook)

    12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.

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