Gary Lehring's research focuses on the way that public policies help shape and change our understanding of lesbian and gay identity. He has published a number of articles on lesbian and gay politics including pieces about gay liberation, the political history of the gay movement Queer Nation, and gays in the military. His book, Officially Gay,
addresses this latter topic in greater detail. His new research project examines the intersection between globalization and identity politics, focusing on the emergent gay liberation movements in central America.
Officially Gay: The Political Construction of Sexuality by the U.S. Military. Temple University Press, 2003.