The Palm Institute has received a $1.3M private grant to study transgender military service. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed:
Indra Lusero, the project director of the Palm Center’s Transgender Military Initiative, has commissioned 16 scholars to conduct 11 studies investigating “whether and how the U.S. armed forces could include transgender troops without undermining readiness”—in areas ranging from privacy and medical accommodations to the experiences of foreign militaries and sports programs. “This academic research will inform an important public conversation by providing facts and evidence about transgender military service and gender expression in armed forces. Militaries around the world are updating their policies, and we are already conducting research in Canada, Britain and Australia to learn whether their trans-inclusive regulations have impacted readiness,” Lusero said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed.
Geidner notes that the Palm Institute conducted more than a decade of research into the repeal of DADT.