This year, the Royal Air Force are recruiting at Manchester Pride. The removal of anti-gay rules for service in the UK armed forces means that they can now recruit openly gay people to serve in the RAF, Army, Navy and Marines. The Dutch forces have a long tradition of gay men and lesbians serving honourably; now the UK is falling into line at least as far as regulations go.
Anyone who knows the long-standing image of the RAF will probably ask why they could possibly want more! However this has been made possible by the European Court of Human Rights which ensured any formal discrimination in the armed services has been consigned to the history books.
I hope this proves a worthwhile exercise for them, and they get some worthwhile candidates from a goup previously not allowed under outdated regulations.
BTW I haven't posted this in the military forum as it is a rights issue and not one concerning aviation as such
[Edited 2004-08-29 03:48:32]