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Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Service Members Experiences as Undergraduates: A Qualitative Case Study

April, 2018
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This case study examines the experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) service members in higher education. A total of 7 participants were recruited to take part in the survey, of which four were LGB identifying service members, with three higher education administrators also being surveyed. Analysis identified 3 main themes:  (1) experiences specific to an LGB identity, (2) experiences specific to a military identity, and (3) experiences in the intersection of LGB and military identities. The study concludes by highlighting the implications for military-affiliated practices.

Abstract

The current article discusses results from a qualitative case study that examines the experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) servicemembers in higher education. The purpose of the study was to examine the institutional supports and constraints experienced by LGB-identified, active duty military service members during their undergraduate enrollment. Findings are discussed under three themes related to experiences related to LGB identity, experiences related to military status, and the intersection of the experiences between LGB and military status. Implications for supporting military-affiliated LGB students in higher education are also discussed.

Full Reference

Kinchen, J., & DeVita, J. M. (2018). Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Service Members Experiences as Undergraduates: A Qualitative Case Study. Journal of Veterans Studies, 3(1), 106–121. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v3i1.8

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