by Ben Cohen
The Independent reports on the massive progress of the British military:
This month, for the first time in its history, the cover of the British Army's
official publication Soldier magazine shows Trooper James Wharton – openly
gay – clad in his dress uniform, complete with Iraq medal, next to the
headline "Pride". It is the most obvious sign that almost a decade
after the military lifted the ban on homosexuality it is finally comfortable
with its new clothes.
British servicemen and women now march at Gay Pride in uniform, all three
services have become Stonewall diversity champions and a few months ago the
head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt made history when he
became the first army chief to address a Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and
Transgender conference. "Respect for others is not an optional extra,"
I've never understood why anyone should have a problem with homosexuality in the military - you are either a good soldier or you are not, regardless of your sexuality. Fighting men respect courage, irrespective of sexual preference.