Sunday, June 8, 2014
Chile Taking Steps to Better Integrate Gays into the Military
Chile's Minister of Defense, Jorge Burgos, is starting a round of meetings with the heads of the armed forces to formalize the inclusion of gays in the military. The goal is to come up with antidiscrimination policies and procedures to handle complaints. Gays and lesbians are already allowed to serve in Chile's military. But the ministry wants to eliminate subtle ways in which discrimination can still occur. For example, officers can ask a prospective recruit questions that could indirectly reveal his or her sexual preference. The minister's roundtable comes at a time when the government of President Michelle Bachelet is pressing a controversial social agenda that includes legalizing abortions in some cases and letting gays adopt children.