LGBT Military Index

February 20th 2014 - 15:45

HCSS has launched the LGBT Military Index, the first ever global ranking of countries by inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members in the armed forces.

To access the results of the index, click here.

The LGBT Military Index ranks over 100 countries in an instant, transparent, systematic, and comparable overview of 19 policies and best practices. The Index is an invaluable resource for policymakers, stakeholders, and advocates interested in promoting greater inclusion of LGBT personnel within armed forces. Advancing diversity is critically important for defense organizations to survive and thrive in the 21st security environment.

The HCSS study spearheads a new generation of research on LGBT service. Valuing the differences of individual service members and integrating them into the way the armed forces work is a matter of dignity and human rights for those willing to risk their lives for their country. But it is more than that: it is a matter of military effectiveness. Later this year, HCSS will publish a report on a strategic vision for the future of LGBT inclusion in armed forces.

The LGBT Military index received widespread international press coverage.

The HCSS report 'LGBT Military Personnel: a Strategic Vision for Inclusion' can be accessed here.

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Dr. Tim Sweijs is the Director of Research at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is the initiator, creator and author of numerous studies, methodologies, and tools for horizon scanning, early warning, conflict analysis, national security risk assessment, and strategy and capability development. Tim has lectured at universities and military academies around the world. His main research interest concerns the changing character of contemporary conflict. Tim is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Defence Academy and an Affiliate at the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.