Coming Out Under Fire. The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. Twentieth Anniversary Edition. By Allan Bérubé. With a new foreword by John. Coming Out Under Fire has ratings and 48 reviews. As Allan Berube writes at the close of this book, “the generation of gay men and women who served in. Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. Allan Bérubé . Coming home with a stronger sense of themselves as gay.
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In Coming Out Under FireAllan 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 Peabody Award-winning documentary film of the same name, has become a classic since it was published injust 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.
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.
Preface and Acknowledgments pp. A Gay Refuge pp. The Gay Life and Vice Control pp.
The Fight for Reform pp. Psychiatrists Discover the Gay GI pp. Comrades in Arms pp. Fighting Another War pp. Rights, Justice, and a New Minority pp.
Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two by Allan Bérubé
The Legacy of the War pp. A Note on Sources pp.
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