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LGBTQ Military Service:
How Facts Won

In 2021, a generation-long campaign to overturn anti-LGBTQ discrimination in U.S. military service ended in victory. This site shares strategies that were essential to that work, offering lessons learned that could be applied to other social justice campaigns.

Lessons Learned

Five Strategies

The Palm Center was at the forefront of a strategic, decades-long campaign to win public and government support for LGBT-inclusive military service in the U.S. Our successful strategy included five key prongs. Click on the tabs below to view examples of our most important work products in each of the areas where we added value. Elsewhere on our site, all of our work remains in place for your perusal. You can also read the e-book, How We Won, for an in-depth look at the successful campaign to end “don’t ask, don’t tell.”