The United States military formerly excluded gay men , bisexuals , and lesbians from service. In , the United States Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed a law instituting the policy commonly referred to as " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT which allowed gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. 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. In , two federal courts ruled the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service personnel unconstitutional, and on July 6, , a federal appeals court suspended the DADT policy. In December , the House and Senate passed and President Barack Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of , and under its provisions, restrictions on service by gay, lesbian, and bisexual personnel ended as of September 20, To train the new American Army in the latest military drills and tactics, General George Washington brought in Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben —94 , who had been an officer on the German General staff.
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British Broadcasting Corporation Home. A gay rights group in Nepal has accused the army of expelling a woman officer for being a lesbian. The woman's appeal against her sacking has been rejected by an army court. However a military spokesman said that Bahkti Shah, a physical training instructor, was punished for violating army discipline and not for being gay. Most Nepalis are very traditional and find homosexuality beyond comprehension but a court ruling last year enshrined the rights of sexual minorities. Underground Ms Shah, who was based at a barracks near the capital, Kathmandu, was one of two women expelled from the military after being kept in army detention for several weeks. Ms Shah filed an appeal at the army's special court supported by two activist organisations, including the Blue Diamond Society which campaigns for the rights of sexual minorities.