Transgender inclusion in the military panel presented March 20; watch video

Panel moderated by Gettysburg College assistant professor of economics Rimvydas Baltaduonis

The Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College hosted a panel discussion, “Transgender Inclusion in the Military” on March 20.

Watch the video on YouTube.

Left behind in the wake of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy repeal, transgender individuals (people that identify with or express a gender identity that differs from their sex at birth) remain unable to serve openly in the U.S. military. This discussion brings together representatives from invested parties – transgender veterans, their advocates, the U.S. Army, and the Canadian Armed Forces, which allows transgender individuals to serve openly – and offers a rare opportunity for all parties to share their perspectives and insights on this issue.

The panel, moderated by assistant professor of economics Rimvydas Baltaduonis, was comprised of four individuals: Commander David Wilcox, Health Services Attaché for the Canadian Embassy and an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces; Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality; Monica Helms, Founder and President of the Transgender American Veterans Association and veteran of the U.S. Navy; and Dr. Chris Shoemaker, a retired colonel from the U.S. Army.

The Eisenhower Institute is a distinctive program of Gettysburg College with offices in the heart of the nation's capital and in the historic Gettysburg home once occupied by Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. The Eisenhower Institute combines top-level dialogue among policy-makers with a premier learning experience for undergraduates. Find out more at

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

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Posted: Sun, 17 Mar 2013

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