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(p. 45) Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Service Members 

(p. 45) Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Service Members
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(p. 45) Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Service Members
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Scott L. Johnston

, Jennifer A. Webb-Murphy

, and Jagruti P. Bhakta

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199353996.003.0005
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date: 25 October 2020

On September 20, 2011, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy was repealed through a historic piece of legislation, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) Repeal Act of 2010. Federal policies now allow lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) service members to openly serve and prohibit separation from the armed services based solely on sexual orientation. The repeal of DADT was monumental for the US military and LGB service members. Although the repeal of DADT signifies a significant shift in military culture toward inclusion of LGB service members, it is important to recognize that the long history of exclusionary policies in the military continues to impact LGB service members. This chapter provides a history of the policies in the military that prohibited LGB service members from openly serving, describes the experiences of LGB service members in the military, and discusses the challenges that remain in a post-DADT military.

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