Chilean sailor makes history after announcing he is gay

A sailor in Chile has become the first serving member of the Chilean armed forces to announce he is gay.

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Mauricio Ruiz, 24, told a televised news conference his decision had “not been easy”, but he wanted to help fight discrimination against gay people.

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Mr Ruiz said that what was most important was not a soldier’s sexual orientation, but his or her willingness to serve the country.

His announcement came with the full backing of the Chilean armed forces.

Read more at bbc.com

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