Publication Date

2007

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department

School for Social Work

Abstract

This exploratory study was undertaken for the purpose of expanding the understanding of the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender veterans who have served under the policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue. Twenty Lesbian, Gay and Transgender veterans completed an anonymous, online survey. Diversity within the sample was particularly pronounced in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, and the roles that these veterans served in the military. The findings of this study indicate that LGBT service members and veterans face much adversity both within and out of the military and that Transgender service members and veterans face similar discrimination to their Lesbian and Gay cohorts. Findings also indicate the possibility of a LGBT Military Identity. Furthermore, the findings of this study confirm prior research indicating that changes in military policy are much needed. Additional findings denote the need for specialized clinical training to assist clinicians treating this population.

Comments

vi, 74 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 61-63).