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  • 1st April 2012

    Alleged male sexual assault at Prince Harry’s airbase 56

    Prince Harry is stationed at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk

    4:13 PM — Military police are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a soldier at the Wattisham air station near Stowmarket, Suffolk.

  • 26th March 2012

    Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44

    Military service is compulsory in Turkey but out gay men are unwelcome

    1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.

  • 25th July 2011

    US Navy officer censured for anti-gay hazing 9

    The Navy said Commander Liam Bruen failed to show leadership

    2:37 PM — A retired US Navy officer has been censured to allowing a junior to be given anti-gay nicknames. Commander Liam Bruen was the leader of the Strike Fighter Squadron 136 at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach when the 2009 incident took place at a meeting to discuss call signs for new officers.

  • 7th July 2011

    Appeals court rules that Pentagon must stop enforcing gay military ban 16

    The Pentagon must stop enforcing the law

    12:32 AM — A US appeals court has ordered the US government to stop enforcing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on gay men and women openly serving in the military.

  • 14th June 2011

    US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month 14

    The ban is set to be repealed this year

    3:10 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he sees no bar to repealing the military gay ban and could endorse the change at the end of this month. Speaking to Associated Press, Mr Gates said he will back progress if the chiefs of the military recommend moving forward at the end of this month.

  • 11th May 2011

    US Navy backtracks over gay weddings on bases 13

    The Navy backtracked over the plans

    10:57 AM — The US Navy has reversed its plans to conduct gay weddings on bases, saying that officers need more time to look at the legal issues. The change was due to take place this summer.

  • 10th May 2011

    US Navy wants to allow gay marriages on bases 10

    The Navy plans to allow gay marriages on bases

    10:32 AM — The US Navy is planning to allow chaplains to conduct gay marriages on its bases once the ban on openly gay soldiers is lifted this summer. The move would allow chaplains to perform the ceremonies in states which allow the practice.

  • 8th April 2011

    US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12

    The ban is set to be lifted in the summer

    10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.

  • 1st April 2011

    Gay sailor told he can stay in the US Navy 18

    The military gay ban is to be lifted this year

    12:24 PM — A gay sailor who was outed has been told by a military panel that he can stay in the Navy. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26 told reporters that the three-member panel apparently agreed with his lawyer's argument that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is now dead.

  • 31st March 2011

    US gay sailor outed by colleague faces dismissal 18

    The military gay ban remains in place

    4:12 PM — A gay US sailor is facing dismissal after a colleague outed him. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26, is to appear before a private military hearing today where he will find out if he is to be fired under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • 29th March 2011

    US gay and lesbian military group launches magazine 4

    The magazine is for gay and lesbian troops

    4:23 PM — 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.

  • 30th November 2010

    Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10

    The ban on out gay and lesbian soldiers can be lifted, the report said

    8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.

  • 26th November 2010

    US judge says lesbians can be ‘cured’ by male soldiers 217

    Lesbians could be 'converted' in the military, Joe Rehyansky argued.

    1:37 PM — An American judge has been accused of advocating corrective rape for lesbians. Joe Rehyansky, a part-time magistrate and Vietnam veteran, wrote on conservative news site The Daily Caller that lesbians should be allowed to serve in the military because straight male soldiers could "convert" them.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13

    Joe Lieberman is introducing a bill for repeal

    5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  • 16th February 2010

    Comment: So much military trash 16

    Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged

    1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.

  • 12th February 2010

    Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3

    Support is rising for out gay soldiers

    3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.

  • 2nd February 2010

    Top US military commander says gay ban must be lifted 3

    The law means gays and lesbians must hide their sexual orientation

    7:08 PM — The highest-ranking uniformed officer in the US military has said he believes the ban on gays serving openly must be lifted. Admiral Mike Mullen, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing earlier today that repealing the 1993 law was "the right thing to do".

  • 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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