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| March 13, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 13, 2014 – A commission co-chaired by a former US Surgeon General released a report today concluding that the Pentagon’s ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning, according to the Associated Press. In one of the first and most detailed assessments of the basis and impact of the current policy, the Transgender Military Service Commission examined all medical and psychological aspects of transgender military service, and found inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the Pentagon’s rationale for the exclusionary policy, which remains in affect despite the scrapping of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”  Click here to read more. Click here for the full report.

Belkin, et al. | September 10, 2012

The first academic study of the effects of repealing “don't ask, don’t tell” has found that the new policy of open service has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale. Co-authors of the study, whose publication coincides with the anniversary of DADT repeal, include professors at the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Marine Corps War College.

Dr. Aaron Belkin | Huffington Post Media Group | September 10, 2011

Huffington Post Media Group has announced that its second ebook release, due Sept. 20, will be Aaron Belkin's book on the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell": How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' How We Won argues that lessons from the repeal campaign challenge some of the left's most entrenched conventional wisdom about how to successfully set social policy.

Aaron Belkin and Margot Canaday | January 12, 2011

This article draws together military and government documents, secondary research, press coverage and interviews with individuals with knowledge on this topic to assess the effects of open service in the South African National Defence Force. The evidence suggests that the integration of gay and lesbian personnel has not had a negative impact on recruitment and retention, morale, unit cohesion or operational effectiveness in the SANDF.