Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
This is just one more example of how ironic it is that Americans think they are the beacon of freedom in the world.
Gay Men and Lesbians in the U.S. Military: Estimates from Census 2000
A Report from the Urban Institute
by Gary J. Gates, PhD
This report estimates that 65,000 lesbian and gay Americans are serving in the United States Armed Forces, on active duty, in the reserves and the National Guard. The report finds that the length of service for gay men is equal to their heterosexual colleagues, while lesbians typically serve longer than their straight counterparts. The estimates in the report are based on an analysis of year 2000 census data. The data is subjected to a rigorous review by the Institute, a non-partisan economic and social policy research organization.
According to the report, lesbians comprise 5% of all female military personnel, while gay men account for 2% of all male military members. The total number of lesbians and gays serving represents 2.8% of the nation’s military forces. The report also finds that lesbians and gays have served in all military eras in the latter part of the 20th century.
Not to meniton the fact that we, the taxpayers, are paying for the policy - upwards of $360 million spent since 1993 on discharging LGBT service members. The 2000 census data suggests there are upwards of 1 million LGBT veterans in the U.S.