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Palm Center records
2022-05  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Palm Center records
    Dates: 1993-2012
    Collection Number: 2022-05
    Creator/Collector: Belkin, Aaron Palm Center
    Extent: 5 feet (4 cartons)
    Repository: GLBT Historical Society
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Abstract: The Palm Center is a think tank which promotes the study of LGBTQ people in the armed forces. This collection focuses on the Palm Center's role in repealing the Clinton-era "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy on LGBTQ servicepeople, allowing them to come out and serve openly; some material also concerns the military service of transgender people.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright to material has been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society. All requests for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the GLBT Historical Society Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Palm Center records. Collection Number: 2022-05. GLBT Historical Society

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated to the GLBT Historical Society by Aaron Belkin in June 2021.

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Palm Center is a think tank which promotes the study of LGBTQ people in the armed forces. Founded in 1998 as the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military, it was renamed in 2006 to honor donor Michael Palm. The research of scholars from the Palm Center has been extensively published, both in the scholarly and popular press, and the organization played a role in the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection focuses on the Palm Center's role in repealing the Clinton-era "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy on LGBTQ servicepeople, allowing them to come out and serve openly; some material specifically concerns the military service of transgender people. The collection consists largely of publications and reports, as well as subject files, clippings, and audiovisual material. Some of the audiovisual material captures lectures and testimony that represent the internal military conversation about DADT. Much of this material -- both audiovisual on paper -- is rare, and represents the Palm Center's substantial efforts to gain access to military spaces and internal military research. Some figures whose work is covered in the collection include Ann Loveland, Elaine Donnelly, and Mark Eidelberg.

    Indexing Terms

    LGBTQ
    Transgender people
    Law
    Veterans
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)