Sexual Minorities and War

Sexual minorities experience discrimination, oppression, and silencing in Western militaries, which reached its apex in the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the U.S. Armed Forces. In civil and ethnic conflicts, sexual minorities are at greater risk for experiences of war crimes, such as sexual violence, torture, and death. The study of sexual minorities and war in the social sciences examines issues of human rights, war crimes, and the psychosocial effects of war on minority populations.

Sexual Minorities

The term sexual minority describes a sexual and gender minority group. Members of this group include individuals whose sexual orientation, sexual identity, or gender identity is outside of the accepted mainstream expression of sexual orientation and sexual or gender identity. In most societies, the mainstream group comprises ...

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