U.S. Military Policy Regarding Gays and Lesbians: Lessons Learned From Racial Integration and Homophobia

Harry E. Allen, San Jose State University
Bruce S. Ponder

ABSTRACT
Service of homosexuals in the nation's military currently reflects the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" policy that is both homophobic and hetersexist. In wartime, "stop loss directives permit retention of homosexuals; in peactime, gays and lesbians are targeted for discharge. We examine trends from World War II through 2001, identifying homophobic policies and future trends, and propose new policy for re-inventing justice.

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