Call for Papers : Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Evolution of Government Policy on Gays and Lesbians Serving in the U.S. Military

Call for Papers for Special Issue from Journal of Homosexuality


Journal of Homosexuality Special Issue : “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Evolution of Government Policy on Gays and Lesbians Serving in the U.S. Military

Guest Editor: Jim Parco, Colorado College
Throughout history, homosexuality has been a complicating factor for men and women electing to serve in the United States armed forces. The right to serve became increasingly complicated when the Department of Defense responded to congressional legislation in 1993 by adopting a policy that later became known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” DADT permitted homosexual members to serve so long as no evidence of homosexual behavior existed. The compromise policy would remain in force until Congress passed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and finally, in September 2011, the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the US armed forces officially came to an end. Reflecting on the 20-year period governed by DADT, this issue will explore the history, culture, attitudes and impacts of the policy from its inception through its repeal. Submissions are welcome from any discipline.
This issue promises to not only provide insight to the scholarly field of how the most powerful institution in the world has viewed and dealt with homosexuality as it transitioned into the 21st century, but also is poised to become a seminal collection for researchers in the decades to come.
Manuscript deadline is Monday, January 2, 2012. Send Manuscripts to Guest Editor, Jim Parco at All manuscripts will be subjected to a peer review. Special issue expected publication date is December 2012.
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