Review and Prospect of Gay and Lesbian Members of the U.S. Armed Forces: From Total Exclusion to Gradual Integration
In rare move, a drama named “Rainbow” depicting a gay serviceman who received a Dear John Letter from his partner was aired in January 2017 during Taiwan’s military television program, Chu Kuang TV Teaching (莒光園地) and uploaded to YouTube. Due to protests by irate anti-gay groups in Taiwan, the Department of Defense was forced to remove the video from the Internet. This move was followed by intense discussion from supporters on both sides of the issue. While Taiwan is debating the legalization of same-sex marriage, could the action of the Department of Defense indicate that there would be significant changes toward the taboo of discussing subjects related to homosexuals serving in Taiwan’s armed forces? If so, how could relevant experience of other countries provide lessons for Taiwan?