Michael MelsonCHFD 220Professor Kelly WeaverSexual ToleranceSexual tolerance has seen a vast increase from the 1950’s to present time. A more general ormass acceptance of same sex marriages and transgender adaptation have allowed more people to come out of their shell and truly be free to be themselves. This has opened doors not only in the private sector, but also among the ranks of the military. Same sex marriages are now allowedin the military and women are now allowed to be in combat roles they were once forbidden to be a part of. Three main points of sexual tolerance in my opinion include women in combat rolesin the military, same sex marriages and the acceptance of the transgender population. My first example is women serving in combat roles across the United States Military. In early2013, then defense secretary Leon Panetta allowed women to be eligible to all combat jobs, obviously ensuring they pass the same requirements that their male counterparts do. I think this is a step in the right direction. If a woman can do the same job as a man, then why shouldn’t she be allowed to go into that job field? This has not been met without controversy, both in the public’s eye and inside the military as well. There is no easy transition for women to go into a job field where men have been the only ones performing it. Verbal harassment is still an ongoingissue to this day. I even got a first-hand experience of the types of harassment women had going into these job fields. One woman from my squadron had passed the initial screening for the Marine Corps Special Operations Command and was set to start schooling the following month. Quite a few males still made fun of her and didn’t have faith in her, solely because she was a woman. This automatic downplay of someone’s abilities and talents based on their gender has to come to an end. Looking at the statistics since the integration of females into combat roles, there is still a lot to be learned to see if the transition has been beneficial or not. Since the transition period, the Army has almost 800 women in combat roles, the Marine Corps as roughly382, a 50 percent increase from the year before.