Sunday, August 27, 2006

# Posted 7:15 AM by Patrick Belton  

DECENT TREATMENT TOWARDS GAYS CORNER OF THE DAY: If only the military services of the United States were doing this: (as opposed to, say, firing their gay Persian speakers)
Since the Royal Navy signed up [to a diversity champions scheme], it has set up a staff network for gay and lesbian personnel and even paid for a 'networking weekend' at a country house hotel, which was attended by 50 male and female staff up to the rank of lieutentant-commander. (Observer)
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According to DOD data, since 1998 the American military has discharged 20 Arabic and six Farsi translators because of their sexual orientation. Half of these discharges come after September 11th, 2001.

Since the institution of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy in 1993, according to the GAO 10,000 troops have been discharged on the grounds of their orientation. Among those were 322 language specialists, 90 nuclear power engineers, 150 missile specialists, 49 nuclear, chemical and biological warfare specialists, 50 intelligence operatives and 163 police officers and professional prison guards.

In 2005, the American army missed its recruiting goals by 7,000, its worst disparity in 26 years.
'networking weekend'? So, the Royal Navy paid for a gay sex orgy? Nice.
Shhh! They'll have more sailors than they can handle.
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