Thanks for connecting! You're almost done. Connect to your existing Cracked account if you have one or create a new Cracked username. One of the biggest contradictions in America is the fact that, while we're happy to talk about supporting our troops, we vanish like we just remembered that we left our house on fire as soon as they have an uncomfortable problem. And there's perhaps no issue that makes us more uncomfortable than the sexual assault of men in the military. Rape is an awkward enough topic as it is, let alone when it happens to men we picture as muscular heroes willing to take a bullet for us -- every societal stereotype comes crashing down at once.
A Gay Soldier's Story
Gays in the Israeli Military | HuffPost
Military service is mandatory for all Turkish men - they can only escape it if they are ill, disabled or homosexual. But proving homosexuality is a humiliating ordeal. Ahmet, a young man in his 20s, told officials he was gay at the first opportunity after he was called up, as he and other conscripts underwent a health check. Ahmet hopes this will give him what he needs - a "pink certificate", which will declare him homosexual and therefore exempt from military service. Over the years, gay life has been becoming more visible in Turkey's big cities. Cafes and clubs with an openly gay clientele have been opening in Istanbul, and last summer's gay pride march - unique in the Muslim world - was the largest ever. But while there are no specific laws against homosexuality in Turkey, openly gay men are not welcome in the army.
Gays in the Israeli Military
When the investigators put him on a video call with his ex-lover, who admitted to the relationship, he felt he had to confess. But Mr. Kim is one of an increasing number of gay or transgender soldiers who have been persecuted under Article of the Army Criminal Act, which has been used to out them and punish them for consensual sex, Amnesty International said in a report released on Thursday. Repeated attempts by advocates for L. Rife said.
The sergeant and I stared at each other for a moment as the office door shut. Only seconds earlier, we both stood silent, hands clasped behind our backs respectfully, as a noncommissioned officer stood inches from my face and threatened to end my career. As we left the office, the sergeant searched for something consolatory to say. His words, and any comfort I might have taken from them, fell flat.