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Ohio State Newark Professor to Discuss Inclusion and Support for Transgender Service Members

November 16, 2021

What is the current state of transgender inclusion in the American military? How did the Trump administration alter policy guidance from the Obama administration? And what changes have taken place during the Biden administration? Dorian Rhea Debussy, PhD, The Ohio State University at Newark lecturer of political science will discuss these questions and more during an upcoming virtual Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture on Thursday, December 2, at 4 p.m. on Zoom.

Debussy’s presentation The American Military and Transgender Service Member: Understanding Key Policy Developments from 2015 to Present will explore the current state of inclusion and support for transgender service members. It will trace the key strides made by the Obama administration, including policies relating to inclusion and transition-related support for active duty, transgender service members. The presentation will also analyze Trump-era Department of Defense policies that banned openly transgender people from serving in the military and how these policies were rescinded by the Biden administration.

Dorian Rhea Debussy, PhD (they/them) [formerly known as Timothy R. Bussey, PhD] is the associate director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kenyon College, visiting assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Kenyon College, and lecturer of political science at Ohio State Newark. They serve as the executive director of the Ace and Aro Alliance of Central Ohio, which is the state’s first organization focused upon serving the asexual and aromantic community; a member of the advisory board for the TGNC360 Initiative of the OUT Georgia Business Alliance, which is the state’s first transgender-focused economic empowerment initiative; and a facilitator of the NCAA’s Division III LGBTQ OneTeam Program, which is the organization’s first nationwide LGBTQ+ inclusion program.

Register for the upcoming Faculty Talks Outside the Box discussion at

If you require an accommodation to participate fully, please contact Connie Zang at Requests should be made as soon as possible but no later than November 18. Requests will be accepted beyond that date and every effort to provide a needed accommodation will be made.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community and answer questions. All talks are free and open to the public.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that is inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.