Transgender Military Personnel in the Post-DADT Repeal Era: A Phenomenological Study

Citation:

Parco, James E., David A. Levy, and Sarah R. Spears. 2014. “Transgender Military Personnel in the Post-DADT Repeal Era A Phenomenological Study.” Armed Forces & Society (April): 1-22.

Authors: James E. Parco, David A. Levy, Sarah R. Spears

Abstract:

This study is the first to systematically inquire into the lives of transgender men and women currently serving across the branches of the US military in the post-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal era. We employed an interview protocol from a stratified convenience sample (n = 14) of clandestinely serving active duty, guard and reserve military members from the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps who self-identified as transgender or transsexual. Using phenomenology as a methodological foundation, we present a revelatory case study based on lived experiences from firsthand accounts furthering the collective understanding of gender dysphoria in a contemporary military context.

Keywords: Transgender, LGBT, gender dysphoria, phenomenology, military

Topics: Combatants, Gender, LGBTQ, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 2014

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