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The study, published by the journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy , found that 59 percent of respondents did not feel comfortable being out at work, either because of career repercussions or because of the burden of being a token responsible for educating their peers. Pentagon officials did not immediate respond to a request for comment about the study. And despite a Monday Supreme Court decision which ruled that workplace discrimination against LBGT employees violates the Civil Rights Act of , that decision does not include service members. The study came out of interviews with 37 service members during , at a time when Obama administration policy allowed transgender troops to take hormones as part of a transition, despite not allowing them to formalize a transition in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. For more newsletters click here. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe.
Sexual orientation in the United States military
The sergeant and I stared at each other for a moment as the office door shut. Only seconds earlier, we both stood silent, hands clasped behind our backs respectfully, as a noncommissioned officer stood inches from my face and threatened to end my career. As we left the office, the sergeant searched for something consolatory to say. His words, and any comfort I might have taken from them, fell flat. I sat, staring at my computer screen, trying to recall what task I had been working on.
Instead, it actually helped create a gay minority identity in the U. This change — punishing people for their gay identity as opposed to punishing people for same-sex conduct — was led by developments in psychiatry at the time , which cast homosexuality as a mental illness. While soldiers would eventually be punished just for being gay, it was still much easier for military officials to expel gay service members if they had proof of gay sex taking place. Although the U. Though they had to conceal their sexuality from draft boards, many gay service members had their first gay experience while serving during World War II.