Inclusion and Readiness: In Support of LGBTQ-Affirming Military Health Care

Milano, Adam Pierson

Mercurial policy shifts concerning the gender identity and sexual orientation of individuals serving in the United States military haveadversely a ected the quality of health care o ered to service members whoidentify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) directly impacting unit readiness. A lack of LGBTQ-affirming services within the military health care system compromises the health and well-being of LGBTQ service members, which is symptomatic of the exclusionary, heteronormative culture fostered by decades of discriminatory policy. The historic inequity within the military and its impact on the relationship between LGBTQ service members and military health care providers (MHCPs) must be addressed to rectify the ongoing health care disparity.Moreover, policies and LGBTQ-a rming practices that empower servicemembers and foster inclusivity must be implemented to strengthen the military as a whole.


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August 18, 2022