Episode 183 - Dr. Michael Pelts and Dr. David Albright: Wounded Bonds: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual (GLB) Military Service Members and Veterans

Monday, January 18, 2016, 10:07:46 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Michael Pelts and Dr. David Albright discuss their recent work examining the history and context of the U.S. military's treatment of GLB service members and veterans. They describe their review of the social work profession's literature related to this population over the past twenty-plus years, implications for social work education and practice, and the training needed by social workers to competently serve this population.

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Average Rating: 5stars  an interesting listen!, Sunday, February 03, 2019

By Erika Jones :

Listening to this podcast in 2019 is interesting to listen to, considering the fact that the current political administration has passed legislation to ban transgender people from serving in the military. This is something that Dr. Butler, Dr. Pelts, and Dr. Albright discuss, although the legislation was different in 2016 than it is today. Transgender individuals have been treated unfairly in nearly every aspect of society, if not every aspect. At a point it is mentioned that 1 in 3 people who identify as male as birth and are transitioning to female have military experience, whereas 6% of people who identify as female at birth and are transitioning to male will have military experience. These are numbers that I was unaware of and am amazed at hearing just how many transgender individuals have served in the military. It's stated multiple times throughout this episode that we shouldn't base our judgements based on gender roles. It's important to ask individuals whether or not they are veterans or not. This podcast was extremely interesting to listen to, as I didn't know many of the facts about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, as well as how the VA is attempting to work with lesbian, gay, and bisexual veterans, as well as transgender veterans. I didn't know that the VA had created a taskforce for helping transgender individuals and I think that is something that is needed, especially in a time when transgender people are being blatantly discriminated against through legislation. Great work Dr. Butler, Dr. Pelts, and Dr. Albright. This is a great podcast that offers great insight into sexual minority military members.

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Average Rating: 4stars  episode 183 review, Monday, January 29, 2018

By Anonymous :

In listening to this podcast, it was very interesting to think about how many pieces of literature have been published in relation to this topic about gay/lesbian persons acting in the military. With relation to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" it is fascinating about the number of people discharged from the military during that time. With the experiences of LGB service members, it is astounding the number of people who were aware of those persons being harassed, however did not say anything. With this statistic, I think it is important to relate this to a human rights perspective, and reminding ourselves that everyone should be treated equally, no matter their sexual orientation.

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Average Rating: 4stars  service , Sunday, January 31, 2016

By Vic :

The Veteran population is one that very diverse. Every Veteran has a distinct personal history and outlook on their military service. The doctors make a make a significant contribution by adding data to the a minority group that is finally coming out of the darkness. I served with individuals who identified as homosexual and I was aware of the risk they took by making their presence known. The military can be very progressive while at the same time remaining stagnant. Policies take a while to catch up to the ideals of the individuals who are serving. It is true that as the Doctors found out one could lose everything if found to be a homosexual, being homosexuals before 2000 was definitely different but even before the policy changed service members view of homosexuality had changed. It is important to provide data to highlight the effect of policy on veteran populations, our politicians can ignore individuals but not when there is concrete evidence of the effect it is having on service members.

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