Army Chief: Gay Soldiers Face No Discrimination
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP)—Guyana’s army chief says gays and lesbians are welcome to serve in the military as long as they conduct themselves professionally.
Commodore Gary Best says the army has a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that he says allows gay or lesbian soldiers to serve without discrimination. During a speech late Tuesday at a U.S.-funded HIV prevention center, Best said “same sex relationships (are) not a problem.”
Gay rights activists said Thursday it was the first time they had heard of the policy.
Best’s comments came a few weeks after the army was criticized for suspending two female soldiers after a video was circulated of them having sexual relations. Activists said the response was outdated.
Gay rights activist Vidya Kissoon says the army needs to have a debate about harassment.