Friday, February 22, 2008

DADT: CSSM is now the Michael D. Palm Center


The Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California at Santa Barbara is now The Michael D. Palm Center. The basic information is at this link. It publishes a newsletter The Spring 2008 newsletter is here.

Some of the stories include a call by twenty-eight senior officers in November 2007 to repeal "don't ask don't tell" and a Palm Center study that finds that the policy undermines military reputation.

I visited the Center and Dr. Belkin in February 2002, while on a trip to the West Coast from Minnesota, shortly after "retiring" from my job there as of the end of 2001. Nearby is the city of Goleta, where a company called Records International that sold many hard-to-find classical records and CD, did business back in the 1980s and 1990s.

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