Army chief: Gay soldiers face no discrimination

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

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 Activists said the response was outdated.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.

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