Ideally each annotation should briefly and concisely answer the following five questions about each source:
- What is this source about? When summarizing, keep in mind for whom the source was intended and why this source is relevant to your project.
- What information or evidence have you drawn from this source that helps you to understand better the social, political, cultural effects of AIDS/HIV and community and individual responses to the crisis as documented by the AIDS Quilt?
- Why did you choose this source? Your reasons might include one or more of the following: It is more comprehensive or detailed than other available sources. It specifically mentions or responds to one of our other readings for class. It is the only available source on the particular topic for which you are using it. The author seems to have views sympathetic to those of some of the other readings, or he/she offers an alternative viewpoint from those we have considered in our class discussions.
- Does this source have any flaws or weaknesses that you have had to take into consideration while using it? When answering this question, you should consider when and in what venue this source was published, and whether it shows the influence of bias or outdated/disfavored ideas, political views, research methods, etc.
- What is the relationship between this source and the other sources you’ve uncovered in your research? For example, does it offer an alternative viewpoint? Is the author in conversation with or does he/she draw upon the work of another author relevant to your project?
Delgado, Adolph Joseph, Danielle Gordon, and Phillip Schnarrs. “The Effect of Discrimination and Stress on Sexual and Behavioral Health among Sexual Minority Servicemen.” Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health 20, no. 3 (July 2016): 258–79. doi:10.1080/19359705.2016.1141344.
I chose this as one of my sources because I found it necessary to consider the mental health of gay and bisexual servicemen when considering the bisexuals and gays in the military and how their treatment and experience has changed over time. This study included a convenience sample of 85 men in the military that were recruited through e-mails and social media posts. The data collected showed a strong correlation with sexual orientation and discrimination. These results push for studies to further explore this and fix the discrimination and negative health behaviors. However, we must recognize that this sample does likely contain bias, since the servicemen studied were volunteers. This resource works in conjunction with research on homosexuals in the military, but this delves deeper into the subject by examining their personal mental health because of certain laws.
“Homosexuals in the Military.” Congressional Digest 89, no. 4 (April 2010): 103.
Essentially, this source talks about Bill Clinton and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which initiated during his early campaign. He wanted to lift the ban off of homosexuals in the military with a controversial policy that attempts to protect homosexual servicemen and avoid investigation. I chose this source because it gave a good background to the first legal acceptance of homosexuals in the military.
Goldbach, Jeremy T, and Carl Andrew Castro. “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Service Members: Life After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Current Psychiatry Reports 18, no. 6 (June 2016): 56–56. doi:10.1007/s11920-016-0695-0.
This source is a lot more recent and considers that the transgender servicemen are currently in an unstable place, making this resource significantly more meaningful. It considers all members of the LGBT community, their mental health, and the physical health issues such as AIDS that need more concern by the military healthcare providers.