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  - LA Carlson - Goodreads

With the recent overturning of Clinton's Defense of Marriage Act it can only mean a special joyous moment for the many, many gay men and women who have lived in isolation; this story reminded of how ... 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  - 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

Contents

They Will Eat You Alive
1
Cockeyed World
11
War Years
27
Rhymes with Normal
39
Dismal Failure
49
A Rough Senior Year
61
Fear of Discovery
71
Stepping Out
83
Fit to Serve
161
Working on My Résumé
179
The Smearing
193
The Dangers of Coloring Books
211
Not Dead Yet
223
Luxembourg
233
The Value of Activism
249
About the Authors
269

Influences of the Day
93
Political Tourist
109
A New Life
123
Death and Birth
143
Acknowledgments
271
Sources
277
Index
279
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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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