Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military

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Open Road Media, Dec 16, 2014 - Social Science - 793 pages
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“A thoroughly researched and engrossingly readable history” of gay men and women in the American armed forces by the author of And the Band Played On (The New York Times Book Review).

Published during the same year the American military instituted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and eighteen years before President Barack Obama repealed it, Conduct Unbecoming is a landmark work of social justice and a searing indictment of the military establishment’s historic bigotry toward its gay servicemen and women. Randy Shilts’s eye-opening book describes the bravery, both exceptional and everyday, not only of gay soldiers throughout history, but also of gay men and women serving in our modern military. With each anecdote and investigation, Shilts systematically dismantles the arguments against allowing gays to serve in the military.
 
At once a history of the American military and an account of the gay rights movement, Conduct Unbecoming is a remarkable testament to the progress achieved for gays in the military—and a revealing look at how far we have yet to go.
 

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Contents

Heroes
Exiles
Blanket Parties
Costs
HTLVIII
Dykebusters
Friends of Helga
Where It All Begins

Convenience of the Government Part
Days of Future Passed
Home Front
The Sanction of the Victim
INTERROGATIONS 19691975
Winners
STRAC
Politics and Prejudice
The Letter
TRIALS 19751976
The Color Purple Part
The Green Beret
National Security
Freedom
The MileWide Word
Triangulates
Adjectives and Nouns
The Next Generation
Transitions
The Secret Report
THE FAMILY 19771980
Reaction
The Gayest Ship in the Navy and Other Stories
Women at
Angry Gods
Memorial
Glory Days
Until After November
Interregnum
Future Imperfect
LESBIAN VAMPIRES OF BAVARIA 19811985
Straights
In the Midnight
HOMOVAC 19861996
Tom Dooleys Undesirable Discharge
The Unquiet Death of Michael W Foster
Countertrends
The Color Purple Part
At the Buccaneer Motel
Prisoner Number 73343
Foreign Affairs
The Escape
Naming Names
The Soesterberg Affair
Funerals
Malleus Maleficarum
The Release of Prisoner Number 17
Embarrassments in the Making
Explosions
Mockingbirds
Official Government Sources
Hearings
Holding Actions
Vindication
The Fag Killer
PROMISES TO KEEP
Tom Dooleys Honorable Discharge
Endings
Interrogations 13 Indoctrination
Dykes and Whores 15 In Country
Back to the World
Thoughtcrimes 41 Surrender Dorothy
Railroading 43 Doreen
Selected Bibliography
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Randy Shilts (1951–1994) was a trailblazing American journalist and author who wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle for most of his life, creating the first gay beat in the newspaper world. In addition to his large body of reportage, Shilts also wrote three widely lauded bestselling books—And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS EpidemicThe Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, and Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military. Shilts remained a crucial figure in the advancement of gay rights until his death of complications from AIDS at the age of forty-two.

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