Mark Munsterhjelm gustav88 at
Tue Mar 27 17:43:23 MST 2001


Here in Taiwan being gay is considered a form of disability by the military. In
the past I have read of a couple of cases of men being able to avoid mandatory
military service, which is two years long, by claiming to be gay, real or not.
Other ways some men avoid military service are by starving themselves or eating
too much to become too fat. But now given the increasing tolerance for gays in
recent years in Taiwanese society this may change.

Mark Munsterhjelm
Sanchung, Taiwan
e-mail: gustav88 at

Paul Flewers wrote:

> "Red Rebel" said: < I knew a guy who was in the Israeli Special Forces who
> is gay and he said it was never considered to be a problem. He also served a
> period with the US Marines. >
> No problem for him, maybe; a big problem for Palestinians in the sense that
> he was an Israeli soldier. There's been a lot of talk in Britain about
> letting gays into the armed forces. Whilst in principle I'm against any
> restrictions upon gays getting jobs in the forces just as I'm opposed to all
> forms of discrimination, it's hardly a step forward if it's a gay Israeli
> soldier shooting at Palestinian kiddies, a gay US sailor launching a Cruise
> missile on Baghdad or Belgrade, or a gay Parachute regiment soldier beating
> up people in Northern Ireland. The same thing goes for women in the armed
> forces of imperialist states and their surrogates.
> Paul F

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