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Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Steve Estes

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes
Subject:
History, Military History

“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 ... More


Introduction

Steve Estes

in Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes.4
Subject:
History, Military History

This book documents the story of gay and lesbian soldiers who served on active duty and in the reserves of the U.S. armed forces from World War II to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Drawing on ... More


The Greatest Generation

Steve Estes

in Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes.5
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter presents the stories of five of the gay men and women who served in the military during World War II. Known as “the greatest generation,” these veterans have been exceedingly humble ... More


Vietnam

Steve Estes

in Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes.7
Subject:
History, Military History

The Vietnam War era saw an increase in the number of men who declared that they were gay in order to avoid the draft. Considering that the Department of Defense viewed homosexuality as a “moral ... More


The Women's War for Inclusion

Steve Estes

in Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes.9
Subject:
History, Military History

Despite supporting, fighting, and even being wounded in every American war since the Revolution, women actually became integrated into the regular armed forces only in the 1970s. That decade saw the ... More


The Gulf War

Steve Estes

in Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes.10
Subject:
History, Military History

The 1980s was an especially difficult time for gay men and lesbians in the U.S. military due to the evolving policies of the Defense Department. In 1981 the department issued a declaration that ... More


The Ban

Steve Estes

in Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes.11
Subject:
History, Military History

The official ban on openly gay and lesbian military service involves a policy that has continually evolved, best exemplified by the passage of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” under President Bill Clinton. ... More


Out Ranks

Steve Estes

in Ask & Tell: Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831151
eISBN:
9781469604770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807889855_estes.12
Subject:
History, Military History

In December 2003, an unprecedented event took place: for the first time in American history, three retired flag officers publicly declared that they were gay. For Brigadier Generals Virgil Richard ... More


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