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

Armed Forces & Society, 41(2), 221-242

22 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2014 Last revised: 18 Mar 2015

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James E. Parco

Colorado College

David A. Levy

U.S. Air Force Academy - Department of Management

Sarah Spears

Colorado College

Date Written: April 22, 2014

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

JEL Classification: J16, M12

Suggested Citation

Parco, Jim and Levy, David A. and Spears, Sarah, Transgender Military Personnel in the Post-DADT Repeal Era: A Phenomenological Study (April 22, 2014). Armed Forces & Society, 41(2), 221-242. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2407710

Jim Parco (Contact Author)

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David A. Levy

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Sarah Spears

Colorado College ( email )

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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
719-389-6416 (Phone)

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