Fit to Serve

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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This is the memoir of James C. Hormel-a man who grew up feeling different not only because his family owned the Hormel empire and lived in a twenty-six-bedroom house in a small Midwest town, but because he was gay at a time when homosexuality was not discussed or accepted. Outwardly he tried to live up to the life his father wanted for him-he was a successful professional, had married a lovely woman, and had children-but as vola-tile changes in the late 1960s impeded on the American psyche, Hormel realized that he could not hide his true self forever. Hormel moved to New York City, became an antiwar activist, battled homophobia, lost dear friends to AIDS, and set out to become America's first openly gay ambassador, a position he finally won during the Clinton administration. Today, Hormel continues to fight for LGBT equality and gay marriage rights. This is a passionate and inspiring true story of the determination for human equality and for attaining your own version of the American Dream-life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without exception.

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Review: Fit to Serve: Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay US Ambassador

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Better than I anticipated. Funny how preconceived notions and ideas are not always true. But then there were a number of opinions that were strengthened with the reading also. Read full review

Review: Fit to Serve: Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay US Ambassador

User Review  - Walt - Goodreads

a very good read . proud of what he has done. Read full review


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve

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About the author (2011)

Ambassador James C. Hormel was born in Austin, Minnesota, in 1933. He has a law degree and worked as assistant dean and dean of students at the University of Chicago Law School. In 1995 he served as a U.S. delegate to the UN Commission on Human Rights. He served as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg from 1999-2000. He also established the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library. He currently works at an investment firm and devotes his time to philanthropy and Democratic politics. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Erin Martin is a former journalist for the Hartford Courage and also worked for U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut as a press secretary and speechwriter. She's worked on political development programs in post-apartheid South Africa and Namibia, for The September 11th Fund, and currently works for a Madison Avenue communications consultancy. She lives in New York City.

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