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Germany: Army holds 'sex seminar' for soldiers on LGBT issues01:58

Germany: Army holds 'sex seminar' for soldiers on LGBT issues

Germany, Berlin
January 31, 2017 at 15:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen reiterated that people of all sexual orientations were welcome to Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, while speaking in Berlin on Tuesday. The minister addressed a crowd of around 200 high-ranking political and army figures, whom she had invited to the workshop on "Dealing with sexual identity and orientation in the Bundeswehr."

"No matter if they are gays, lesbians, trans or heterosexuals, they are very welcome with all their skills to the Federal Armed Forces," von der Leyen said, before adding that German authorities took into serious consideration interests of thousands of Bundeswehr employees as sexual orientation and identity "play a central role" in their lives.

The German minister also stressed that besides people of all sexual orientations, people of all religions are welcome to the German army. "We have been paying a special attention to people's interests in the Federal Armed Forces; for example, compatibility between job and family... army chaplain service because faith and religion, whether a person Christian, Judaic, Muslim, as well as those who practice other religions or don't practice religion at all, affect thousands of people in the Federal Armed Forces."

Around 17,000 LGBT people are currently employed in the German armed forces, which is around six percent.

Germany: Army holds 'sex seminar' for soldiers on LGBT issues01:58
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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen reiterated that people of all sexual orientations were welcome to Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, while speaking in Berlin on Tuesday. The minister addressed a crowd of around 200 high-ranking political and army figures, whom she had invited to the workshop on "Dealing with sexual identity and orientation in the Bundeswehr."

"No matter if they are gays, lesbians, trans or heterosexuals, they are very welcome with all their skills to the Federal Armed Forces," von der Leyen said, before adding that German authorities took into serious consideration interests of thousands of Bundeswehr employees as sexual orientation and identity "play a central role" in their lives.

The German minister also stressed that besides people of all sexual orientations, people of all religions are welcome to the German army. "We have been paying a special attention to people's interests in the Federal Armed Forces; for example, compatibility between job and family... army chaplain service because faith and religion, whether a person Christian, Judaic, Muslim, as well as those who practice other religions or don't practice religion at all, affect thousands of people in the Federal Armed Forces."

Around 17,000 LGBT people are currently employed in the German armed forces, which is around six percent.

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