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Dr. Nathaniel Frank | The Palm Center | August 16, 2010

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Danny Kaplan, Amir Rosenmann | Research Report Submitted to the Michael D. Palm Center | June 6, 2010

Highlights: This study examines the correlation between the presence of gay and lesbian soldiers in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and measures of unit social cohesion, following a survey of 417 combat and non-combat male soldiers conducted in 2000, seven years after IDF restrictions on gay personnel were terminated.  The argument that openly gay soldiers could undermine unit cohesion rests on a particular understanding of cohesion as a social factor based on interpersonal emotions between unit members.

By Diane H. Mazur, Legal Co-Director, Palm Center, and Professor of Law, University of Florida, Levin College of Law | April 1, 2010
The Pentagon Working Group (PWG) has recognized the dilemma of obtaining candid information from military members about “don’t ask, don’t tell” when communication of that information could lead to investigation and separation under the policy. If service members reveal they are gay during the review process, they have made a statement concerning their sexual orientation that is prohibited by 10 U.S.C. § 654 (b)(2).
Dr. Nathaniel Frank | March 3, 2010
Research on openly gay service is extensive, and includes over half a century of evidence gathered by independent researchers and the U.S. military itself, as well as the study of the experience of foreign militaries. The U.S. military’s own researchers have consistently found that openly gay service does not undermine cohesion, and the military has repeatedly sought to condemn or suppress these conclusions when they emerged. Yet no research has ever shown that open homosexuality impairs military readiness.
Dr. Nathaniel Frank with Dr. Victoria Basham, Geo!rey Bateman, Dr. Aaron Belkin, Dr. Margot Canaday, Dr. Alan Okros, and Denise Scott | February 23, 2010

Twenty-five nations now allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. In many of those countries, debate before the policy changes was highly pitched and many people both inside and outside the military predicted major disruptions, but when inclusive policies were implemented, no more than three people in each country actually resigned.

Palm Center | Palm Center White Paper | February 17, 2010

The Palm Center has released eight key recommendations to the Pentagon Working Group on gays in the military. These recommendations are intended as a first step in providing full support to the Working Group and acknowledging the importance of a thorough and timely process.

Bonnie Moradi, Laura Miller | Armed Forces & Society | October 29, 2009

This paper presents additional analysis of the 2006 Zogby Poll commissioned by the Palm Center.  Data indicated no associations between knowing a lesbian or gay unit member and ratings of perceived unit cohesion or readiness.

Aaron Belkin | Palm Center | July 28, 2009
Aaron Belkin, Nathaniel Frank, Gregory M. Herek, Elizabeth L. Hillman, Diane H. Mazur, Bridget J. Wilson | Palm Center | May 11, 2009

This report addresses political, legal, regulatory, and organizational steps to ensure a smooth end to "don't ask, don't tell."

Nathaniel Frank | St. Martins Press | March 1, 2009

This book by Palm Center Senior Research Fellow, Nathaniel Frank, presents the latest research and over a decade of evidence on gay service . Forthcoming, 2009.

Nathaniel Frank, Senior Research Fellow | January 13, 2009

Analysis of a December, 2008, a Military Times poll found that 58% of U.S. troops do not want gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces. 

Jeanne Scheper, Nathaniel Frank, Aaron Belkin, Gary J. Gates | Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, Volume 15:419, 2008 | November 10, 2008

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Karl Bryant, PhD and Kristen Schilt, PhD | Palm Center White Paper | August 20, 2008

This paper reports findings from a survey of transgender service
members and veterans designed and administered by the Transgender
American Veterans Association (TAVA).

General/Flag Officers Study Group | Palm Center Whitepaper | July 28, 2008

July 2008 - A bipartisan study group of senior retired military officers, representing different branches of the service, conducted an in-depth assessment of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.