To read additional information, click on Palm Center of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Sage Publications “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and the respective polling organizations.
According to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), the following countries allow openly gay, lesbian and bisexual persons to serve in the army. The report was published in 2006 and the year next to each country indicates the year that country allowed service:
Australia (1992), Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria (2004), Canada (1992), Colombia (1999), Croatia, Czech Republic (1999), Denmark (1978), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (2000/01), Hungary, Ireland, Israel (1993), Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands (1973), New Zealand (1993), Norway (1979), Peru (2004), Portugal (1999), Slovenia, South Africa (1996), Spain, Sweden (1976), Switzerland (1992), Taiwan (2002), Thailand (2005), United Kingdom (2000).
The following countries do not allow open service:
Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Cyprus, Greece, Libya, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, United States.
To read the entire report, click on LGBT world legal wrap up survey.