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Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Steve Estes

Abstract

“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” was the directive of President Bill Clinton's 1993 military policy regarding gay and lesbian soldiers. This official silence continued a collective amnesia about the patriotic service and courageous sacrifices of homosexual troops. This book recovers these lost voices, offering a rich chronicle of the history of gay and lesbian service in the U.S. military from World War II to the Iraq War. Drawing on more than 50 interviews with gay and lesbian veterans, it charts the evolution of policy toward homosexuals in the military over the past 65 years, uncovering the ways in ... More

Keywords: military policy, lesbian soldiers, homosexual troops, U.S. military, military service, sexuality, gay veterans, homophobia, gay rights, gay liberation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831151
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807889855_estes

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steve Estes, author