Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II

Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II Author Allan Bérubé
ISBN-10 080787177X
ISBN-13 9780807871775
Year 2010-09-07
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
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During World War II as the United States called on its citizens to serve in unprecedented numbers the presence of gay Americans in the armed forces increasingly conflicted with the expanding antihomosexual policies and procedures of the military In Coming Out Under Fire Allan Berube examines in depth and detail these social and political confrontation not as a story of how the military victimized homosexuals but as a story of how a dynamic power relationship developed between gay citizens and their government transforming them both Drawing on GIs wartime letters extensive interviews with gay veterans and declassified military documents Berube thoughtfully constructs a startling history of the two wars gay military men and women fough one for America and another as homosexuals within the military Berube s book the inspiration for the 1995 Peabody Award winning documentary film of the same name has become a classic since it was published in 1990 just three years prior to the controversial don t ask don t tell policy which has continued to serve as an uneasy compromise between gays and the military With a new foreword by historians John D Emilio and Estelle B Freedman this book remains a valuable contribution to the history of World War II as well as to the ongoing debate regarding the role of gays in the U S military

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One of the Boys

One of the Boys Author Paul Jackson
ISBN-10 9780773582644
Release 2010
Pages 373