Public Dialogues

How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell'

September 10, 2011
Dr. Aaron Belkin
Huffington Post Media Group

Huffington Post Media Group has announced that its second ebook release, due Sept. 20, will be Aaron Belkin's book on the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell": How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' How We Won argues that lessons from the repeal campaign challenge some of the left's most entrenched conventional wisdom about how to successfully set social policy.  read more »

"The Importance of Objective Analysis" on Gays in the Military

A Response to Elaine Donnelly's 'Constructing the Co-Ed Military'
November 10, 2008
Jeanne Scheper, Nathaniel Frank, Aaron Belkin, Gary J. Gates
Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Volume 15:419, 2008

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On February 28, 2007, former Rep. Martin Meehan (D-MA) and a bipartisan group of co-sponsors reintroduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act in the House of Representatives to amend title 10 United States Code § 654 (“Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces”) to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In the recent DUKE JOURNAL OF GENDER LAW AND POLICY article, “Constructing the Co-Ed Military,” Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, asserts that “nothing has changed that would justify the turmoil that would occur in and outside of Congress if Meehan’s legislation were seriously considered or passed.”2 But on what evidence is she basing her claims that turmoil would ensue if 10 U.S.C § 654, the ban on openly gay service members, were repealed?...


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Does “don’t ask, don’t tell” impact transgender service members?


Yes, it does.

That was one of the findings from a unique and timely survey conducted by the Transgender American Veteran’s Association [TAVA] and analyzed in August by Palm Center researchers.  read more »

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Gender Violence


There is one arena where apparently opponents of gay service and advocates of openly gay service agree. That is on the seriousness and prevalence of sexual and gender violence in the military.  read more »

Nunn the Wiser?


For those interested in the forces that propel -- and obstruct -- political change, last week offers an object lesson.  read more »

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