A Map of the 26 Nations That Allow Gays in Their Militaries

With the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell this week, the U.S. joins the list

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If VH1 still aired the Best Week Ever, the show's top story clearly would be the official undoing of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Tuesday (with enough flat-falling jokes to reminder us why the show was cancelled in the first place). But without a cable music station to help us put news events in context, we're going to have to settle for a map. Mainly, the map above, made by The Advocate magazine and reblogged by Think Progress, that lists the now 26 countries that allow gay men and women to openly serve in their respective militaries.

The Palm Center, a research institute that focuses on sexual minorities in the armed services, curates a list of countries that allow gays to serve, one that (once their website is updated) the U.S. will surely join. On the list are Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Uruguay, South Africa, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, all of Scandinavia and rest of Europe west of the Czech Republic (sans Portugal). The Advocate's map illustrates well the fact that the U.S. is late to the party among developed nations in opening its military to gays. What if we were to follow suit on the death penalty? The execution of Troy Davis would surely be the VH1 show's other top story for this week.

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