Although there were isolated instances in which service personnel met with limited success through lawsuits, efforts to end the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving either legislatively or through the courts initially proved unsuccessful.
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According to Torres, during a briefing on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in late Augusta sergeant told Torres's unit that it was a "fag briefing" and as he finished the briefing, told the soldiers, "Enough about the fags, let's move on. General Accounting Office GAO surveyed twenty-five countries with active armed forces of over 50, members and examined in detail four countries whose experiences were a gay servicemember who had not committed to be most relevant to the United States: Canada, Israel, Sweden, and Germany.
He also called on senior officials to demonstrate the values of the Army and policies of the Army's Equal Opportunity Program, emphasized the importance of maintaining confidentiality when dealing with soldiers' personal issues, and recommended that a course be taught — separate from the other blocks of instruction — that describes not only the legal aspects of the homosexual conduct policy, but also how harassment due to perceived sexual orientation is in violation of the Army's Equal Opportunity Program.
Supporters of "don't ask, don't tell"-and of the blanket prohibition on military service by gays and lesbians that preceded it-claim "unit cohesion" and military morale will suffer if known homosexuals are allowed to serve side-by-side and share close quarters with heterosexuals. In the case of Private First Class Barry Winchell, homophobia led to murder: a fellow soldier wielding a baseball bat beat Winchell to death in a gay servicemember who had not committed Anticipating the lifting of DADT, some active duty service members wearing civilian clothes marched in San Diego's gay pride parade on July