wow! aint that incredible. I suspect it may earn a few comments from the leader of our Conservative Party, but not many people pay much heed to him these days. I am also most pleased because it will mean that our wonderful service people won't be welcome in the Middle East or most of Africa. Not a bad outcome in my view! Let us stay in the Pacific/Asian region. That's where we belong! Read on my friends.
NZDF world's most LGBT friendly
1:06 PM Friday Feb 21, 2014
The LGBT Military Index was compiled by Netherlands thinktank the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies.
New Zealand Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating said the ranking came as a pleasant surprise.
"We are an equal opportunity employer and we have always valued the diversity of our workforce.
"The NZDF values diversity and recognises the benefits to the organisation of having a diverse and inclusive workplace."
The diversity of the Defence Force reflected the composition of New Zealand society as well as the openness and respect that New Zealanders have for people of different backgrounds, General Keating said.
Last year, 10 uniformed members of the NZDF and 15 civilian members of Defence Force LGBT group Overwatch marched in the Auckland Pride Parade.
They were publicly supported by the then Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones.
This year's Auckland Pride Festival ends this weekend with the Pride Parade on Ponsonby Rd and closing party at Victoria Park tomorrow.