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Survey: 1 in 4 troops knows gay colleague

From the Stars And Stripes comes the article Survey: 1 in 4 troops knows gay colleague. Excerpt from the article:

TNearly one in four servicemembers knows definitively that a member of his or her unit is gay or lesbian, according to a survey released last month.

Twenty-three percent of the 545 servicemembers surveyed online over three days in October said they knew “for certain” they were serving with someone who is gay, according to a Zogby International poll. The poll was commissioned by and designed in conjunction with the Michael D. Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, that was formerly the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military.

The institute’s main goal includes studying the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. According to its Web site, the institute “promotes the interdisciplinary analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other marginalized sexual identities in the armed forces.”

When survey respondents were asked how they knew the person’s sexual orientation, 59 percent said they had been told by that individual, according to the poll.

The most interesting quote from the article:

“No one is supposed to know a gay peer,” [Dr. Aaron Belkin, a political science professor at Santa Barbara] said during a phone interview Thursday. “To see that was a surprise.”

I guess if someone tells, someone is supposed to report — it looks reporting isn’t happening very consistently at all.

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