Coming Out Under Fire

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 384 pages
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Among the many histories of fighting men and women in World War II, little has been written about the thousands of homosexuals who found themselves fighting two wars--one for their country, the other for their own survival as targets of a military policy that sought their discharge as "undesirables." To write this long overdue chapter of American history, Allan Bérubé spent ten years interviewing gay and lesbian veterans, unearthed hundreds of wartime letters between gay GIs, and obtained thousands of pages of newly declassified government documents. While some gay and lesbian soldiers collapsed under the fear of being arrested, interrogated, discharged, and publicly humiliated, many drew strength from deep wartime friendships. Relying on their own secret culture of slang, body language, and "camp" to find each other and build spontaneous communities, they learned, both on and off the battlefield, to be proud of their contribution and of who they were.--From publisher description.
 

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Review by Elaine Taylor May points out that Berube's is a pioneering work in the social history of gays in World War II. He finds that the experience of WWII was both that of increased surveillance ... Read full review

Contents

Why We Fight
1
Getting In
8
Fitting In
34
A Gay Refuge
67
The Fight for Reform
128
Psychiatrists Discover the Gay GI
149
Comrades in Arms
175
Fighting Another War
201
Rights Justice and a New Minority
228
The Legacy of the War
255
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Allan Berube (1946-2007) was a community historian and author of numerous essays and articles.