Homosexuality in the Military

2593 Words Nov 21st, 2011 11 Pages
Serving in the military is for many the most honored position they will hold in their lifetime. Many dedicate their entire lives to serving their country. For some soldiers however their dream of proudly serving their country was cut short because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual. America’s attitude towards acceptance of homosexuals has continued to grow over the past couple of decades, but full acceptance and equality is still far off. Nowhere are attitudes towards homosexuality more conservative than in the U.S. military, yet even here attitudes are slowly evolving towards acceptance and equality. Gays and lesbians were banned from serving in the military until 1992 when President Clinton signed into law “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, …show more content…
Here in America George Washington dismissed soldiers for homosexual activities. In the United States homosexuals were not officially banned from military service until 1916. During World War 2 the enforcement of this ban was taken seriously and recruits were screened for potential “homosexual tendencies” such as “effeminacy in dress”. As a result more than 4,000men were rejected from service. Lesbians were allowed to serve because discussing a woman’s sexuality went against the social norms and mores of the time (Webley 2010). As Stephen Kerczy reports, “The ban continues despite numerous studies over the past two decades that have shown no negative impact from allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military” (2010).
The ban on gays serving in the U.S. military lasted until 1992 when the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy was signed by President Clinton. This policy no longer asked recruits about their sexuality and forbade service members from discussing it. Members of the military would be discharged if they admitted to being gay or lesbian. Although the military no longer asked about service members’ sexual orientation they investigated members who they thought were gay or lesbian. Since 1994 more than 12,000 men and women have been discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation (Webley 2010). The military investigates and seeks to

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