Santa Barbara, CA. — While the U.S. Congress considers repealing the ban on lesbians and gays in the military, a policy known as ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, twenty-five of our nation’s allies already allow open gay military service. On Wednesday, May 19, during a public forum at the Brookings Institution, military commanders and scholars from Australia, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom discussed their experiences with the service of gays in their militaries. Co-sponsored by the Palm Center, “Lessons Learned from the Service of Gays and Lesbians in Allied Militaries” evaluated the effects of gay military service on policy, unit cohesion, military readiness and morale.
Video of the panels with full, broadcast-quality recordings available upon request.