Ground Report | New Delhi: LGBTQ in the Army; Countries at the top of the Index of LGBT highlight opportunities for militaries interested in inclusion to share experiences and best practices. The highest scores for inclusion are New Zealand, the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Australia.
LGBTQ in the Army
The Indian Army is among the least gay-friendly in the world, while the British Army is the second most gay-friendly, while the British Army was the second most gay-friendly. The Netherlands is also second in the ranking along with the United Kingdom.
Countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines accept openly gay soldiers. However, it took decades for the United States to overturn it’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and the decision was finally made in 2011.
LGBT Military Index report
New Zealand’s military, which happened to be the most gay-friendly in the world, scored a top 100. India ranked below countries like Liberia (38), Sierra Leone (47), Congo (49), Rwanda (52), and Nepal (55) when it comes to tolerating homosexuality in their armed forces.
Australia ranked fifth in the index, while the US ranked relatively low at 40th out of 103 countries. Sweden ranked third (97.5) followed by Canada (94.3), Denmark (93.5), Belgium (93), Israel (92), and France and Spain tied with a score of 91.8.
Nigeria turned out to be the most intolerant country with a score as low as 3, followed by Iran (6), Syria (7), Zimbabwe (9), and Ghana (10).
- Homosexuality was a crime in Russia before 1993, it was considered a mental illness. But on July 1, 2003, gay and lesbian people were allowed to enlist in the Russian army. Homosexuality was a crime in Russia before 1993, it was considered a mental illness. But on July 1, 2003, gay and lesbian people were allowed to enlist in the Russian army.
- Israel’s army is known worldwide for its work. In 1993, the Israeli military allowed GAY men and lesbian women to enlist. There is absolutely no discrimination between gay and lesbian soldiers in the Israeli army. Israel has also given additional rights to gay soldiers.
- The French army is equipped with more than one fighter jet and weapons, but along with this, it also recruits gay men and lesbian women in its army
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