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Aaron Belkin | Armed Forces and Society, Volume 34 Number 2 | January 1, 2008

This article asks what impact, if any, the “don’t ask, don’t
tell”policy might have on the U.S. military’s reputation.

Aaron Belkin and Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert | The U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy: A Reference Handbook | December 1, 2007

This article examines the regulations and customs concerning gays and lesbians in the military around the world.

Michael Boucai | University of Miami Law Review | September 1, 2007

This article deals with
ex-offender employment in the U.S. Armed Forces, one context in which
the necessity of balancing strengths against felonies is taken very

Nathaniel Frank, Senior Research Fellow | Palm Center | July 1, 2007

This paper presents an overview of Stop-Loss, provides a summary of available evidence from World War II to 2002 including a history of known gays serving during wartime, and includes discharge figues of the time.

Tarynn M. Witten | Palm Center Whitepaper | May 1, 2007

Dr. Witten, PhD, MSW, FGSA is the Executive Director and Senior Fellow at the TranScience Research Institute in Richmond, Virginia.

John Zogby, John Bruce, Rebecca Wittman, Sam Rodgers | Zogby International | December 1, 2006

This survey of current and
recent military service personnel who have served in
Iraq or Afghanistan (or in combat support roles directly
supporting those operations) sought to explore the issue
of sexual minorities in the United States military,
specifically within the context of three key areas.

Robert MacCoun, Elizabeth Kier, Aaron Belkin | Armed Forces and Society, Vol. 32 Number 4 | July 30, 2006

MacCoun, Kier and Belkin argue against the theory that successful unit performance is determined by social cohesion rather than task cohesion.

Bonnie Moradi | Military Psychology, 2006, Volume 18 Number 1 | April 1, 2006

This study compares the sexual-orientation-based harassment experienced
by 196 civilian participants and 200 military participants as a
response to the Office of the Inspector General's 2000 assessment of
harassment under "don't ask, don't tell."

Blue Ribbon Commission | Palm Center Whitepaper | February 1, 2006

In February 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the costs of discharging and replacing service members fired for homosexuality during the first ten years of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.  This report addresses oversights in the methodology of that report leading to an estimated cost of $363.8 million, of 91 percent more than originally reported.

Dr. Gregory Herek and Dr. Aaron Belkin | A slightly modified version of this study appears in Military Life; The Psychology of Serving in Peace and Combat, Thomas W. Britt (ed.), Amy B. Adler (ed.), Carl Andrew Castro (ed.), Greenwood Press, 2006. | December 1, 2005

This paper addresses the issue of sexual orientation and military service  including an historical overview, critique of contemporary rationales and social psychological issues relevant to the organizational and individual changes that might follow from eliminating the ban on gay and lesbian personnel.

Nathaniel Frank | Palm Center Whitepaper | July 1, 2005

A report released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reaches several conclusions about the current status of gay service members in the U.S. military serving under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.  This note explains its misleading conclusions about the policy, and its effects on the status of gay service members.

Sameera Dalvi | University of Florida Journal of Law Public Policy | December 4, 2004

This Article examines judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
against the United Kingdom in 1999, and how these have affected other
signatory nations to the European Convention for the Protection of
Human Rights.

Nathaniel Frank | Palm Center Whitepaper | September 1, 2004

This study evaluates the impact of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on the capacity of gay troops to perform their duties as part of an effective military force. 

Aaron Belkin and Melissa Levitt | Armed Forces and Society, vol. 27, no. 4, 2001. | June 1, 2004

Sharon Terman | Palm Center Whitepaper | May 1, 2004

The Center recently released a draft report studying the practical and conceptual problems with regulating harassment in a discriminatory institution.