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New Zealand tops list of most LGBTI inclusive military

New Zealand tops list of most LGBTI inclusive military

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 21 February 2014 12:34 Written by // Cec Busby

New Zealand and the Netherlands are the best nations to be gay and serve in the military according to the LGBT Military Index which ranks how well LGBT people are incorporated into the armed forces.

The index measured areas such as admittance, tolerance, exclusion or persecution of homosexuals to measure 103 armies worldwide, to see how well homosexuality is supported.

Accepting homosexuals in the military "is not so much just a matter of human rights," Dutch army colonel Dirk Jan Broks told AFP at the study's release. "It's also about work quality. If a person is gay and not having to hide it they can concentrate on other things without worrying about being discriminated against," he said.

Australia ranked fifth in the study, trailing behind Britain and Sweden. The US came in at 40th, despite Obama revoking Dont Ask, Dont Tell in 2011.

The least tolerant of LGBT people were the Nigerians, who ranked last in the study, just ahead of Syria and Iran.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and

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