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MEI Publications

Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military:
64 Points and Counterpoints

This guide, from the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military, is designed to assist policy leaders and experts to address the issue of gays and lesbians in the military. It applies evidence from the latest studies to the consideration of various questions that could arise during discussion of this topic. (Download 308K PDF.)

Foreign Militaries

Homosexuality and the Israel Defense Forces;
Did Lifting the Gay Ban Undermine Military Performance?

In this paper published in Armed Forces and Society (vol. 27, no. 4, 2001), Aaron Belkin and Melissa Levitt argue that Israel’s 1993 decision to lift its gay ban did not influence military performance. They also assess three arguments that Israeli experiences are not relevant for U.S. armed forces. (Download MS Word Document.)

Gays in the British Military: Ask, Tell and Then Move On (2/10/01)
Article in New York Times discussing experience of British Military after lifting its gay ban:


New Poll Finds Historic Support for Gays in Military (12/23/03)
This CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll asked respondents, "Do you think people who are openly gay or homosexual should - or should not - be allowed to serve in the U.S. military?" and found that 79 percent of all Americans believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly. (View internal web page.)

Polls Show Reduction Of Soldiers' Opposition To Gays (8/7/01)
Article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discussing public opinion polls showing majority of Americans favor fair treatment of gay troops:

Military Readiness

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Is the Gay Ban
Based on Military Necessity?
(Summer 2003)
The Unites States Army War College’s official journal "Parameters" published an article by Dr. Aaron Belkin questioning whether the military’s gay ban is actually based on military necessity. A copy of this article may be read at

Real Evidence on Gays in the Military (11/20/02)
In this Washington Post piece, Nathaniel Frank, CSSMM Researcher, urges a review of current military policy on gays in light of the 2002 purge of seven Arabic-language specialists working in a field vital to the war on terrorism. PressClips/02_1203_WashingtonPost.htm

Washington Post Op-Ed: A Policy for the Timid (6/19/01)
Lawrence J. Korb reviews the U.S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in light of President Bush's speech to graduating officers at the Naval Academy that he was "committed to fostering a military culture where intelligent risk-taking and forward thinking are rewarded, not dreaded." (Download 1.8 MB PDF.)


Privacy as a Flawed Rationale for the Exclusion
of Gays and Lesbians from the U.S. Military
The Harvard University Journal of International Security published this article challenging the privacy rationale used by some to justify the military’s gay ban. A copy of this article may be read at:

Unit Cohesion

Op-Ed: End Decade-Old 'Don't Ask' Policy (11/26/03)
Robin Gerber's editorial piece in USA Today, questioning the usefulness of the policy can be read at:

Does the Lifting of a Gay Ban
Increase Anti-Gay Harassment?
Some senior military leaders have expressed concern about the safety of gay and lesbian troops, should the ban be lifted. Available evidence indicates that lifting the military’s gay ban will not harm the safety of gays in uniform, but will – in fact – have the positive affect of making it safer for gays to serve in the armed forces.

New York Times Op-Ed (1/13/99)
Prominent military experts Lawrence Korb and Coit Blacker write in the New York Times arguing that gay troops do not harm unit cohesion.

Veterans' Guides

SLDN's Survival Guide: Veterans (Including Retirees)
Helpful information about the application of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and the UCMJ to Veterans.

Veterans' Viewpoints

Difficult Decision for Gay Soldier (6/23/04)
This article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells the story of Atlantan Brian Muller, who was among the 770 servicemembers discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in 2003. (Web Page)

Gay Veterans Wage New Battle at Home (5/29/04)
Forced to keep silent in the military, former GIs have now found their voice, and they seek recognition for their wartime sacrifices. This article was first published in the Chicago Tribune. (MS Word Doc || Web Page)

DoD Shouldn't Ignore 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (12/22/03)
Retired officer, Keith Taylor, was an invited panelist at on a conference held at Hofstra University (Long Island, NY) to look at the military's 10-year-old policy of don't ask, don't tell. In his report to the Navy Times on the conference, he points out that "credulous ideas give us bad laws."

Gay Ex-Officers Say 'Don't Ask' Doesn't Work (12/10/03)
Three retired military officers, two generals and an admiral who have been among the most senior uniformed officers to criticize the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy for homosexuals in the military, disclosed to the New York Times that they are gay. (MS Word Doc || Web Page)

Remove Stigma From Gay Soldiers (12/1/03)
This Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, written by MEI Director, Jeff Cleghorn, marks the10-year anniversary of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. (Web Page || PDF Document)

Ban on Gays is Based on Fear of the Unknown (10/27/03)
MEI Director, Jeff Cleghorn, reviews the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy ten years after it was established in this piece first published in the "Army Times."

Our Country Is Better And Our
Sailors Are Braver Than That
In this Navy Times Op- Ed, SLDN Honorary Board Member, Captain Mike Rankin USN(Ret) argues that the Defense Appropriations Act of l994, which states that allowing homosexuals to serve openly "could create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline that are the essence of military capability," is insulting to our service men and women.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Retire a Bad Military Policy (8/11/03)
In this Op-Ed, published in the "National Law Journal" on August 11, 2003, John D. Hutson discusses current military policy in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas, maintaining that it is the quintessential example of a bad compromise. (Download 51K PDF.)

The Story of Michael Kilmer (9/11/01)
While his military career is over because he’s gay, this Seattle man is still dedicated to his country. Part of the Seattle Times one-year retrospective on 9-11. (MS Word Doc || Web Page)

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Online publications addressing the issue of gays and lesbians in the military falling into these categories:


Annotated links to the web sites of organizations working to end discrimination against military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," to programs researching the issue of gays and lesbians in military service, and to projects documenting the personal stories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans who have served their country in the military.