How British Army Made Being Gay Okay

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,”

he said.

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.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.