Posted: October 9, 2015

The Camouflage Closet: LGBT Veteran Educational Resource


This curriculum was created as an accompaniment to The Camouflage Closet, a short documentary film about trauma and recovery among nine Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans. The film was created as a community-based participatory art project with the goal of increasing awareness among medical providers, Veterans, and LGBT communities regarding their unique experiences of serving under LGBT-related military policies, such as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) and the current ban on transgender military service. At this time, The Camouflage Closet has screened at a variety of venues including the National Queer Arts Festival, the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stanford University, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). Audience feedback at these screenings has suggested that prior to seeing this film, viewers felt they had limited knowledge about LGBT Veterans. It is our hope that the foregoing curriculum will support a deeper understanding of the needs and strengths of LGBT Veterans. Director, Michael Nedelman, and Producer, Heliana Ramirez authored The Camouflage Closet: LGBT Veteran Educational Resource. Composer, Andrew V. Ly, wrote and conducted the accompanying arrangements. For more information please visit the film's website or Facebook page:


Military, Depression, PTSD, Health Equity Research, Veterans, LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Hypermasculinity, Minority Stress Model, Rape, Sexual Assault, Military Sexual Trauma, MST, Biopsychosocial Assessment, BPS, Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, DADT, Veterans Health Administration, VHA


Heliana Ramirez, LISW, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Nedelman, MD Candidate, Stanford University School of Medicine

Andrew V. Ly, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley