Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office (LGBTCO) prepared an advocacy briefing sheet on sexual orientation discrimination in the U.S. military

Sexual orientation and military service resources.

Sexual Orientation and Military Service
This briefing sheet has been prepared as a resource for advocacy regarding the current US policy on sexual orientation and military service.

Letter to Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense (PDF, 72KB)
A request to establish a policy by the Department of Defense regarding psychotherapist-patient privilege in administrative separation proceedings on the basis of homosexual conduct.

APA Policy Statement on Sexual Orientation and Military Service
Adopted by the APA Council of Representatives July 28 & 30, 2004.

Report of the Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service
The APA Board of Directors established the Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service in October 2003, to consider issues of common concern between Division 19 and Division 44, including the APA ban on advertising by the U.S. Military in APA publications. (PDF 103K)

Joint Division 19/Division 44 Task Force on Sexual Orientation and Military Service
A joint task force between the Society of Military Psychology, APA Division 19, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues, APA Division 44, to develop a plan for the implementation of the APA Policy Statement on Sexual Orientation and Military Service. The plan will include: advocacy, data collection, professional education, article submissions to publications, public and member information, and inter-divisional collaboration.


Resources

Gay People in the Military
A section of Dr. Greg Herek's website: Sexual Orientation: Science, Education, and Policy, focused on the U.S. military “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy.

Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military (CSSMM)
The Center promotes the interdisciplinary analysis of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and other marginalized sexual identities in the armed forces.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)
A national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” and related forms of intolerance.

Amicus Briefs

BenShalom v. Marsh, 1989. Whether the US Army may constitutionally deny reenlistment to any serviceperson who declares him/herself to have a homosexual orientation.

Watkins v. United States Army, 1989. Whether US Army regulations requiring the discharge of lesbians and gay men and barring them from reenlisting were unconstitutional.