Fighting Proud: The Untold Story of the Gay Men Who Served in Two World Wars
June 6th, 2017
ISBN 1784538744 (ISBN13: 9781784538743)
In 1943 the famous Battle of Britain pilot Flight Lieutenant Ian Gleed was shot down over Tunisia. He died a hero. Twice before he had bailed out of blazing Spitfires. Twice King George VI had congratulated him. What his family probably never knew was that Gleed was homosexual. It was not until the 1990s, when one of his lovers was interviewed for BBC television, that the truth came out. In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, historian Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and at home and brings to light the great unheralded contribution they made to the war effort.
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Gays: In or Out?
April 1st, 1993
ISBN 0028810805 (ISBN13: 9780028810805)
The essential reference on an explosive issue with analysis from both sides of the argument.
Don't Ask, Do Tell: When I Finally Told the Military Kiss my Gay...
February 7th, 2011
By encyclopedia definition, Comedy is a 'genre of dramatic literature that deals with the light and amusing or with the serious and profound in a light, familiar, or satirical manner. Comedy can be traced to revels associated with worship in Greece in the 5th century BC. Aristophanes, Menander, Terence, and Plautus produced comedies in classical literature. It reappeared in the late Middle Ages, when the term was used to mean simply a story with a happy ending (e.g., Dante's Divine Comedy), the same meaning it has in novels of the last three centuries (e.g., the fiction of Jane Austen).'
Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military
March 8th, 2005
ISBN 0767918991 (ISBN13: 9780767918992)
A book that will move hearts and open minds, Jeffrey McGowan’s memoir is the first personal account of a gay man’s silent struggle in the don’t-ask-don’t-tell military, from a cadet who rose to the rank of major, left as a decorated Persian Gulf hero, and whose same-sex marriage was the first on the East Coast. Love of country and personal love combine in this groundbreaking memoir of one gay man’s life in the military—and beyond. In Major Conflict, Queens-born Jeffrey McGowan tells how he enlisted in the army in the late 1980s and served with distinction for ten years. But McGowan had a secret: he was gay. In the don’t-ask-don’t-tell world of the Clinton-era army, being gay meant automatic expulsion. So, at the expense of his personal life and dignity, he hid his sexual identity and continued to serve the army well.
Gays and the Military: Joseph Steffan Versus the United States
September 7th, 1993
ISBN 1400821045 (ISBN13: 9781400821044)
In April 1987 Joseph C. Steffan, one of the ten highest ranking midshipmen in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy, and only six weeks from graduation, was denied his diploma and forced to resign his commission because he answered "Yes, sir" to the question, "I'd like your word, are you a homosexual?" Six years later his cause, and that of other gay men and lesbians seeking to serve their country by enlistment in the military, has become the subject of intense national controversy. This unusual and innovative work, based on the litigation strategy and court papers filed in the case of Joseph C. Steffan v. Richard Cheney, Secretary of Defense, et al., brings the resources of clinical psychiatry, clinical and social psychology, cultural history and political science to bear upon the fundamental questions.
Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the Us Military
April 1st, 1993
ISBN 5551973522 (ISBN13: 9785551973522)
The bestselling author of And the Band Played On follows with a book of even greater power and sweep as he investigates the situation of gays in the military over the past three decades, revealing for the first time that some of the most celebrated soldiers in American history were homosexual.
True Gay Encounters with Military Men: Soldiers at Home and Abroad
March 14th, 2013
There is no attempt here to denigrate any army or individual service man. Rather these accounts are told to enlighten people, straight and gay, about what really happens when men are thrown together in war or peace and to give lie to the propaganda that gay men are in any way a danger or detrimental to the military. A great number of straight soldiers do not mind the presence of gay soldiers, as will be seen in these stories, and many a straight man will end up in a gay man's bunk or hotel room when his horniness drives him to partake of same-sex activities that he has never done before or probably will not do again after his tour of duty.
Gay 20th Century Military Men: True Stories of Their Sex Lives
December 14th, 2014
- There are true stories of gay soldiers, sailors, and marines in the 20th Century told in their own words how they were able to satisfy their sexual needs while under the strictest military rules against homosexuality.
Stars Without Garters! The Memoirs of Two Gay GI's in WWII
June 28th, 1996
ISBN 1886360049 (ISBN13: 9781886360044)
In World War II, members of the U.S. Special Service companies were combat soldiers by day and in the evenings presented stage shows and movies to entertain and boost the morale of the troops. Eddie Fuller and Tyler Carpenter were successful Broadway actors drafted to serve their country. Their theatre productions were among the best received in the service. Eddie and Ty were like thousands of other patriotic, dedicated GIs in war-torn Europe, except when they came across the English Channel, they also came across with two sailors in the stern of the ship The horrors of war, the rigors of military life, the strains and romps of gay soldiers, the show-biz highlife and GI lowlife make this an historic account you will never forget.
Understanding the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell: An Immediate Look at Policy Changes Allowing Gays and Lesbians to Openly Serve in the Military
October 18th, 2011
ISBN 031427653X (ISBN13: 9780314276537)
Secret Service: Untold Stories of Lesbians in the Military
May 15th, 2005
ISBN 1555837484 (ISBN13: 9781555837488)
Although 79 percent of Americans support allowing gay and lesbian troops to serve openly, the military continues to hunt down and discharge qualified service members. This series of profiles of lesbian service members shows the flaws in the assertion that allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly and with honor will cause a breakdown of morale and unit cohesion. Zsa Zsa Gershick served as a reservist in the US Army from 1978 to 1982. She is the author of "Gay Old Girls," as well as a series of articles for "The Texas Observer" and "The Texas Triangle" profiling high- achieving service members discharged for being gay. She lives in Los Angeles.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Volume 1)
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Volume 1" is the first ever photobook featuring the portraits and stories of closeted service members in the United States armed forces who are still currently serving and affected by the laws that mandate the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-identified soldiers in the United States military. In 2009, American artist Jeff Sheng gained the trust of seventeen service members and flew over 30,000 miles back and forth across the United States to photograph these individuals at either their homes or local hotel rooms near where they were stationed. An entirely self-funded and self-published project, the resulting 40-page full color publication features twenty portraits from these photo shoots, along with selected anonymous e-mails detailing the experiences of these soldiers, many of whom have just returned from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal's Journey to Coming Out Transgender
June 7th, 2013
ISBN 1935866427 (ISBN13: 9781935866428)
Chris Beck played high school football. He bought a motorcycle, much to his mother's dismay, at age 17. He grew up to become a U.S. Navy SEAL, serving our country for twenty years on thirteen deployments, including seven combat deployments, and ultimately earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. To everyone who saw him, he was a hero. A warrior. A man. But underneath his burly beard, Chris had a secret, one that had been buried deep inside his heart since he was a little boy-one as hidden as the panty hose in the back of his drawer. He was transgender, and the woman inside needed to get out. This is the journey of a girl in a man's body and her road to self-actualization as a woman amidst the PTSD of war, family rejection and our society's strict gender rules and perceptions.
Cognitive Desegregation: Unmasking Human Sexuality in the Us Military
November 19th, 2012
ISBN 1288317689 (ISBN13: 9781288317684)
President Barack Obama directed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) be replaced with a policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation. While Congress considers repeal, the military is conducting research on how to implement a new policy. Repealing DADT will result in a cognitive desegregation of the military, allowing open or known homosexuals and bisexuals to serve.
Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights
October 3rd, 2017
ISBN 1611688426 (ISBN13: 9781611688429)
In 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force’s “Cross into the Blue” recruitment campaign. This was also the year that President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Contrary to its intent, DADT had the perverse effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and -women to fight expulsion. Over the next seventeen years more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and -women were removed from military service.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Volume 2)
ISBN0984447431 (ISBN13: 9780984447435)
Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Volume 2 is Jeff Sheng's second photobook featuring the portraits and stories of closeted service members in the United States armed forces who are still currently serving and affected by the laws that mandate the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members in the United States military, due to the laws known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Gays in the Military
January 13th, 2012
ISBN 0737756187 (ISBN13: 9780737756180)
The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues; each volume presents a diverse selection of primary and secondary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.; This new addition to the Current Controversies series examines issues related to gay members of the armed forces. The title explores the question of whether or not gays should be permitted to serve openly in the U.S. military, the impact of Congress's rep; Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic.
Gays and Lesbians in the Military: Issues, Concerns and Contrasts
December 31st, 1994
ISBN 0202305414 (ISBN13: 9780202305417)
Despite the amply documented presence of significant numbers of undeclared homosexual soldiers, sailors, and Air Force personnel, the official position of the American military since the Second World War has been to ban gay men and lesbian women from serving in the United States military. Enlistment of openly gay or lesbian military personnel has not been permitted; those already in the military service who have subsequently "come out" as gays and lesbians have been mustered out of the service, with no prospect of appeal.
Pride: The Story of the First Openly Gay Navy Seal
September 5th, 2014
This story is a brilliantly strategic, empathetically driven, and timely account of the life of Brett Jones, the first openly gay Navy SEAL. He is reverent to conservative values as a homosexual navigating the changes of current social instability in America. He effectively grabs the attention of a readership spanning a broad spectrum of political and social perspectives and demands the revaluation of mainstream American norms regarding the acceptance and placement of homosexuals in society, work, and national narratives. The pages bring you face to face with the author, through unbelievable emotional and physical investments on his road to military inclusion.
Marching to an Angry Drum: Gays in the Military
April 20th, 2000
ISBN 0595001440 (ISBN13: 9780595001446)
John and David joined the US Army at the same time and became inseparable in their relationship with one another. Marching To an Angry Drum takes you through their experiences in basic training where they become friends with several men from their company. Later they are transferred to California where they become acquainted with other gay men and lesbians and share many experiences and adventures with them. Eventually, John and David find themselves separated and later transferred to Korea where both men serve bravely and heroically.
Understanding and Treating Military Sexual Trauma
April 10th, 2015
This thorough analysis of sexual assault in the military examines the scope of this long-neglected issue using a lens informed by modern day attachment and trauma theories. Starting with an overview of sexual violence during wartime, it details the cultural and organizational aspects of military life--and entrenched ideas about war and masculinity--that compound military sexual trauma (MST) and reinforce barriers to treatment for women and men. The book's second half reviews empirically supported interventions for MST survivors, recommending therapy that attends to somatic, implicit, relational based aspects of trauma processing rather than the conventional cognitive therapies currently funded in many military mental health programs.
Didn't Ask, Didn't Tell: The Life of A Gay Christian Soldier
February 15th, 2015
For as long as she can remember, Lt Col (Dr.) Tosha Meredith struggled with gender identity. She was never quite comfortable in her own skin. Being a victim of sexual abuse at an early age only compounded her confusion and shame. As the daughter of a loving mother and a criminal father, it was sometimes debatable as to which path her life would take.
Gay Rights, Military Wrongs: Political Perspectives on Lesbians and Gays in the Military
July 1st, 1996
ISBN 0815325800 (ISBN13: 9780815325802)
Sailors and Sexual Identity: Crossing the Line Between "straight" and "gay" in the U.S. Navy
January 26th, 1995
ISBN 156023850X (ISBN13: 9781560238508)
In Sailors and Sexual Identity, author Steven Zeeland talks with young male sailors--both gay- and straight-identified-- about ways in which their social and sexual lives have been shaped by their Navy careers. Despite massive media attention to the issue, there remains a gross disparity between the public perception of "gays in the military" and the sexual realities of military life. The conversations in this book reveal how known "gay" and "straight" men can and do get along in the sexually tense confines of barracks and shipboard life once they discover that the imagined boundary between them is not, in fact, a hard line.
True Gay Encounters with Military Men: Marines: Hell in Battle; Hot in Bed
January 3rd, 2013
These are true gay sexual encounters with military men, most of them long before the start of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. In this edition the military men are (or have been) in the US Marines. There is no attempt here to denigrate any service man. Rather these accounts are told to enlighten people, straight and gay, about what really happens when men are thrown together in war or peace and to give lie to the propaganda that gay men are in any way a danger or detrimental to the military. Historical the military is the second largest closet for gay men after marriage or the church -take your pick. Military service is the perfect choice for a gay man who cannot stand the physical restraints of marriage or the mental thinking of the clergy.
My Country, My Right To Serve: Experiences Of Gay Men And Women In The Military, World War II To The Present
December 31st, 1990
ISBN 0060921269 (ISBN13: 9780060921262)
Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement
September 1st, 2014
ISBN 1612346979 (ISBN13: 9781612346977)
When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the official U.S. policy on gays serving in the military, was repealed in September 2011, soldier Stephen Snyder-Hill (then Captain Hill) was serving in Iraq. Having endured years of this policy, which passively encouraged a culture of fear and secrecy for gay soldiers, Snyder-Hill submitted a video to a Republican primary debate (held two days after the repeal). In the video he asked for the Republicans’ thoughts regarding the repeal and their plans, if any, to extend spousal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian soldiers. His video was booed by the audience on national television. Soldier of Change captures not only the media frenzy that followed that moment, placing Snyder-Hill at the forefront of this modern civil rights movement, but also his twenty-year journey as a gay man in the army.
July 6th, 1999
Barry Winchell (August 31, 1977 – July 6, 1999) was an infantry soldier in the United States Army, he murdered by a fellow soldier, Calvin Glover, and became a point of reference in the ongoing debate about the policy of "Don't ask, don't tell", which did not allow U.S. military gays, bisexuals, and lesbians to be open about their sexual orientation. Commanding General of Fort Campbell at the time of the murder, Major General Robert T. Clark, refused to take responsibility for the purported anti-gay climate at Fort Campbell under his command. Private Calvin Glover was court- martialed and sentenced to life in prison for premeditated murder.
Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America
March 3rd, 2009
ISBN 0312373481 (ISBN13: 9780312373481)
When the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy emerged as a political compromise under Bill Clinton in 1993, it only ended up worsening the destructive gay ban that had been on the books since World War II. Drawing on more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, Nathaniel Frank exposes the military’s policy toward gays and lesbians as damaging and demonstrates that “don’t ask, don’t tell” must be replaced with an outright reversal of the gay ban.
The Masculine Marine
September 9th, 1996
ISBN 1560238747 (ISBN13: 9781560238744)
This exciting book was listed as #1 on The Advocate's (ital) bestseller list for December 1996! In The Masculine Marine, author Steven Zeeland records, for the first time ever, what active-duty Marines have to say about what it means to be a man, to be a Marine, and to desire other men. As the foremost surviving icon of traditional masculinity, Marines are often considered the opposite of "gay." Yet in contemporary gay culture, Marines are stereotyped as likely to play the passive role in sexual encounters with other men. By vividly illustrating some of the startling ways in which gay and Marine attributes can coincide, The Masculine Marine uncovers the wild sexual contradictions built into military hypermasculinity.
Gays in the Military
December 9th, 2011
ISBN 0737759127 (ISBN13: 9780737759129)
Each book in Greenhaven Press's Writing the Critical Essay: An Opposing Viewpoints Guide includes everything necessary to help students research, outline, draft, edit, and ultimately write successful essays across the curriculum.;; Learning the fundamental principles of essay writing is becoming an ever more important skill for students. Readers will find useful information to support writing a successful essay, including thesis statements, introductions, and conclusions.
Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two
December 1st, 1990
ISBN 0743210719 (ISBN13: 9780743210713)
Despite the many histories of the fighting men and women in World War II, none has been written about the estimated one million homosexuals. Here is a dramatic story of these people, revealing the history of the anti-gay policy pursued by the U.S. military authorities in World War II.
Teaching Case: Transgender Sailors, Leadership Challenges, and Ethical Dilemmas
September 15th, 2018
This mid-2018 report has been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction. In June 2016, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the repeal of the ban on transgender people serving in the military. In August 2017, President Donald Trump announced a reversal of Secretary Carter's decision, which would place a ban on transgender people serving in the military. This teaching case puts the reader into the position of the leadership of a U.S. Navy Sailor deployed in Afghanistan.
True Gay Encounters with Military Men: Navy Men & Sailors of the Seas
November 3rd, 2012
These are true gay sexual encounters with military men, most of them long before the start of DADT. In this edition the military men are sailors in the US Navy, the Coast Guards, the Merchant Marines, as well as sailors from other countries. There is no attempt here to denigrate any navy or individual service man. Rather these accounts are told to enlighten people, straight and gay, about what really happens when men are thrown together in war or peace an d to give lie to the propaganda that gay men are in any way a danger or detrimental to the military.
March 12th, 1999
ISBN 1560239247 (ISBN13: 9781560239246)
A same-sex attraction for soldiers and sailors spans the globe and predates the term "homosexual" by several thousand years. But these days "military chasers" are likely to be seen as doubly incorrect. Most are gay men who pursue straight men. And, many of them do it in public. What continues to motivate so many men to brave arrest, violence, and the scorn of gay leaders who condemn any non-gay homosexual desire as "internalized homophobia"?
Don't: A Reader's Guide to the Military's Anti-Gay Policy
March 19th, 1999
ISBN 0822323176 (ISBN13: 9780822323174)
In Don’t Janet E. Halley explains how the military's new anti-gay policy is fundamentally misdescribed by its common nickname, “Don't Ask/Don't Tell.” This ubiquitous phrase, she points out, implies that it discharges service members not for who they are, but for what they do. It insinuates that, as long as military personnel keep quiet about their homosexual orientation and desist from “homosexual conduct,” no one will try to pry them out of their closets, and all will be well. Not so, reveals Halley. In order to work through the steps by which the new law was ultimately drafted, she opens with a close reading of the 1986 Supreme Court sodomy case which served as the legal and rhetorical model for the policy revisions made in 1993.
Gay in America
September 27th, 2011
ISBN 1599621045 (ISBN13: 9781599621043)
In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives. Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting the lives of 140 gay men from all walks of life. At turns joyful and somber, reflective and celebratory, each narrative and image is an enlightening look into the variety of gay life in the United States.
Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers: Dialogues with Gay Young Men in the U.S. Military
June 3rd, 2014
ISBN 131776501X (ISBN13: 9781317765011)
Among all the literature published on gays in the military, Steven Zeeland's first book remains one of a kind. Barrack Buddies and Soldier Lovers is a raw, unsanitized personal record of conversations the author had with young soldiers and airmen stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Zeeland's intimate involvement with these men enabled him to document in honest, visceral terms the day-to-day reality of gay military men's lives and how they work, play, and, in many instances, how the military actually helped them come out.
Against Equality: Don't Ask to Fight Their Wars
November 1st, 2011
ISBN 0615518834 (ISBN13: 9780615518831)
This anthology gathers together pieces by contemporary radical voices critical of the mainstream gay community's uncritical approach to Don't Ask Don't Tell. It features an introduction by the inimitable Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and essays by writers from our digital archives on LGBT investments in militarism. This archival anthology asks why the historically left/radical anti-war critique of war does not extend to DADT and the issue of queers in the military. This book provides hitherto unavailable set of critiques on a subject that has rarely been approached with as much candor and nuance.
Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights
May 31st, 2014
ISBN 0737756187 (ISBN13: 9780737756180)
Through compelling photographs and interviews made over three years on numerous road trips across the US, Vincent Cianni (born 1952) has created an important historical record of the struggles of gay and lesbian men and women in the US military. As the Human Rights Commission attests, the US military has a long history of human and civil rights abuses against homosexuals, with harassment and discrimination frequently resulting in lost careers and damaged lives. In many cases, these men and women had attained high rank, received numerous medals and held top-level jobs that were essential to the military.
Guilty as Charged: The True Story of a Gay Beret
November 1st 2001
ISBN 187919483X (ISBN13: 9781879194830)The true story of the psychological trauma experienced by the first Green Beret soldier when he was court-martialed by the Army in the 1970s. It details the first constitutional challenge to the prohibition against homosexuality in the armed forces. Footnotes and index.
Serving in Silence
December 31st, 1994
ISBN 0670851671 (ISBN13: 9780670851676)
The distinguished nurse, mother, war hero--and highest-ranking officer to challenge the military's anti-gay policy--speaks out about her life in the armed forces and her search for self. Colonel Cammermeyer's dismissal from the U.S. Army has stirred debate all the way to the Presidency; now she writes of her decision to challenge official policy on homosexuality. 16-page photo insert.
My Queer War
April 27th, 2010
ISBN 0374217483 (ISBN13: 9780374217488)
In 1942, a timid, inexperienced twenty-one-year-old Lord reports to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to enlist in the U.S. Army. His career in the armed forces takes him to Nevada and California, to Boston, to England, and eventually to France and Germany, where he witnesses firsthand the ravages of total war on Europe’s land and on its people. Along the way he comes to terms with his own sexuality, experiences the thrill of first love and the chill of disillusionment with his fellow man, and in a moment of great rashness makes the acquaintance of the world’s most renowned artist, who will show him the way to a new life.
Stars Without Garters! The Memoirs of Two Gay GI's in WWII
February 14th, 2011
ISBN 073775222X (ISBN13: 9780737752229)
Each title in the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints series explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format; the viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find publications. "Each volume in the Opposing Viewpoints Series could serve as a model not only providing access to a wide diversity of opinions, but also stimulating readers to do further research for group discussion and individual interest.
The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter
December 23rd 2010
In the early 1990s, prior to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the U.S. military discharged gay and lesbian servicemembers under a longstanding ban. During the first Gulf War, many of those soldiers were kept in under a “stop loss” order, only to be discharged upon their return home. Now that DADT has been struck down, this novel is perfectly timed to give a closer look at the lives of people impacted by any policies or laws that ask them to compromise who they are. In The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, long-time lesbian journalist Tracy Baim takes a fictional look at this era in our nation’s history, when gays and lesbians served proudly, but quietly, risking their lives for a country that disrespected and attacked who they were.
Transgenders in the U.S. Military: Policies, Problems, and Prospects
April 14th, 2015
Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this military study explores the policies, problems, and prospects related to transgenders serving in the U.S. military. Simply defined, "transgender" refers to persons whose gender identity, behavior, or expression does not conform to their sex assigned at birth. Yet, as the present study shows, the terminology and associated issues are complicated and defy simple definitions. The U.S. military currently prohibits transgenders from joining or serving openly, as seen in policies and medical standards identified by the study.
Confessions of a Don't Ask, Don't Tell Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and the War in Iraq
September 5th, 2017
Rob is a young black man coming to terms with his sexuality amid the backdrop of the hyper-masculine, homophobic U.S. Army. After surviving the notoriously brutal Infantry basic training and then finding himself as a young gay man while remaining closeted to all but a few of his colleagues at his first duty station, he finds himself in dangerous territory after the United States declares war on Iraq and his unit is one of the first called in after the initial invasion. Deftly navigating the intersection of race, sexuality, and public policy, Confessions of a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Soldier is alternately thought-provoking, humorous, and harrowing. Rob's experience offers a ground-level view of life on the front lines of race and sexuality in the United States military in an unforgettable gay coming-of-age story--with a military twist.
A Modern-Day Witch Hunt The Persecution of a Gay in the Military
March 31st, 2012
The events of this story are true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. The Military has made it legal for Gays, but it is NOT accepted by the general population yet. Many are doing what they can to weed out our soldiers they consider to be "less desirable"Read one soldiers story. It was not an interview. It was an interrogation. The agent was becoming very forceful, trying to get me to change my statements. He made me very nervous and uncomfortable and I stopped the interview. I have said nothing untruthful. I keep being told “The truth will come out” by Cpt. Watson and the Chaplain. The truth IS out.
Camouflage Isn't Only for Combat: Gender, Sexuality, and Women in the Military
August 1st, 1998
ISBN 0814735487 (ISBN13: 9780814735480)
Drawing on surveys and interviews with almost 300 female military personnel, Melissa Herbert explores how women's everyday actions, such as choice of uniform, hobby, or social activity, involve the creation and re-creation of what it means to be a woman, and particularly a woman soldier. Do women feel pressured to be "more masculine," to convey that they are not a threat to men's jobs or status and to avoid being perceived as lesbians? She also examines the role of gender and sexuality in the maintenance of the male-defined military institution, proposing that, more than sexual harassment or individual discrimination, it is the military's masculine ideology--which views military service as the domain of men and as a mechanism for the achievement of manhood--which serves to limit women's participation in the military has increased dramatically.
Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military
December 1st, 2010
Two reports issued by the Pentagon on November 30, 2010 on issues associated with the repeal of DADT, including the separate implementation plan, structured much like a military operations order, laying out the Comprehensive Review Working Group’s recommendations. Working Group Report: The risks associated with overturning law and policies to allow gays to serve openly in the military are low, if defense officials and military leaders allow the proper amount of time to train troops on the change, according to the leaders of the Pentagon working group involved in a nine-month study of the likely effect of repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.
Officially Gay: The Political Construction of Sexuality by the U.S. Military
June 1st, 2003
ISBN 1592130348 (ISBN13: 9781592130344)
In 1993, simply the idea that lesbians and gays should be able to serve openly in the military created a firestorm of protest from right-wing groups and powerful social conservatives that threatened to derail the entire agenda of a newly elected President. Nine short years later, in the wake of September 11, 2001, the Pentagon's suspension of discharge of gay and lesbians went largely overlooked and unremarked by political pundits, news organizations, military experts, religious leaders and gay activists. How can this collective cultural silence be explained? "Officially Gay" follows the military's century-long attempt to identify and exclude gays and lesbians.
Brother in Arms: A Transgender US Navy Sailor's Memoir
June 2nd, 2015
ISBN 1632206587 (ISBN13: 9781632206589)
Landon Wilson enlisted in the US Navy in 2011 at the age of twenty-one. Wilson served within the military with distinction and was appreciated by his coworkers. However, he joined the military as someone he had never recognized until he began his transition from female to male. Brother in Arms is the recollection of Wilson’s firsthand experiences as a transgender individual within the US military, an institution where an estimated fifteen thousand transgender people serve despite a longstanding policy that bans their open service. Having to live his life in a constant balancing act, being forced to choose between serving the country he loves or becoming the person he knows himself to be, Wilson crossed the boundaries. He chose both.