Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops

“When someone feels they can’t come out and suppresses their feelings, they are afraid, and fear paralyses you…They cannot give their best. And we cannot afford that.”

Given her…er…somewhat right wing reputation, some will find it hard to believe that Germany’s Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen actually said this earlier this week at a conference about Diversity and LGBT issues in the military.  She’s a member of Angela Merkel’s party, the CDU, which – while supporting civil partnerships – has so far refused to allow same-sex marriage in Germany. Continue reading “Germany’s Defence Minister Defends LGBT Troops”

Trump’s Secretary of Defence won’t rush to ban gays and lesbians from the military

General James Mattis, the Trump Regime’s nominee for US Defence Secretary, was pushed hard on his views on women fighting on the front line and and allowing openly gay men and lesbians to serve in the military at his Senate confirmation hearing. Despite expressing his concerns about both in the past, he seemed broadly happy with the status quo and was pretty clear that he doesn’t really care who consenting adults “go to bed with”.

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