Date of Award

Spring 2000

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Mona Danner

Committee Member

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

William Agyei

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 P37


The purpose of this study is to investigate the opinions, attitudes, and experiences of active-duty homosexual/bisexual military servicemembers. Very little research currently exists on this topic because the sample population remains hidden among the ranks of their heterosexual counterparts for fear of discrimination, harassment, and physical violence. Using a snowball sampling technique, survey analysis was conducted to analyze the relationship among homosexual/bisexual military servicemembers and assess their experiences. Most homosexual men and women serve effectively in the military and are proud of their military performance. Although many homosexuals join the military to suppress their desires, the majority (70%) felt that military service actually helped them accept their homosexuality/bisexuality. The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has also had a positive affect helping to integrate homosexuals into military service, though many felt their performance evaluations were adversely affected by their sexuality.


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