The Ministry of Defence has defended the introduction of a question asking recruits to the armed forces whether they are gay. Details of their sexual orientation will be stored but kept anonymous, and recruits will have the option to "prefer not to say".
Gay characters are common on modern-day TV programmes in the US, but many of those shows are exported all over the world. They are often shown in countries where attitudes towards gay people are far from friendly. So are portrayals of homosexuals enlightening international audiences or are they producing a backlash?