Programs

World Professional Association for Transgender Health Symposium: Gender Identity and the Military

Date: 
Wed, 09/05/2007 - 2:58pm - Sat, 09/08/2007 - 2:58pm
Authors and Affiliations: Dr. Tarynn M. Witten, PhD and MSW, is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and Senior Fellow/Executive Director of the TranScience Research Institute; Dr. George R. Brown, MD, was a military psychiatrist for twelve years, psychiatrist for the VA, and author of many papers including papers on transsexuals in the military; Aaron Belkin is the Director of the Palm Center, a research institute that studies gays in the military.

Abstract: The question of military service of transgender individuals is an important topic. The military is one of the largest employers in the nation. Transgender-identified persons have served and continue to serve in the military. Other international allied forces serving alongside United States service members allow transgender people to serve openly. That said, there has been little research on this topic. In this panel, leading experts will discuss their research and experiences: What are the regulations governing the service of transgender people in the military? Does the service of transgender individuals in the U.S. military impact readiness and the military's ability to fulfill its mission? To what extent does the military attract MTF and FTM individuals as a result of the gendering experience of military service? How does the fact that the military medicalizes and pathologizes the transgender experience impact transgender service members and others?

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