Allan Bérubé's Coming out under fire: the history of gay men and women in PDF

By Allan Bérubé

ISBN-10: 080787177X

ISBN-13: 9780807871775

In the course of global warfare II, because the usa known as on its electorate to serve in unheard of numbers, the presence of homosexual american citizens within the defense force more and more conflicted with the increasing antihomosexual rules and methods of the army. In popping out below hearth, Allan Berube examines intensive and aspect those social and political confrontations--not as a narrative of the way the army victimized homosexuals, yet as a narrative of ways a dynamic energy courting built among homosexual voters and their executive, reworking them either. Drawing on GIs' wartime letters, large interviews with homosexual veterans, and declassified army files, Berube; thoughtfully constructs a startling heritage of the 2 wars homosexual army women and men fought--one for the United States and one other as homosexuals in the military.Berube's e-book, the muse for the 1995 Peabody Award-winning documentary movie of an analogous identify, has turn into a vintage because it was once released in 1990, simply 3 years sooner than the debatable "don't ask, do not inform" coverage, which has endured to function an uneasy compromise among gays and the army. With a brand new foreword via historians John D'Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman, this booklet is still a worthy contribution to the heritage of worldwide warfare II, in addition to to the continued debate concerning the position of gays within the U.S. army.

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By beginning to instruct examiners to reject homosexual selectees, the military inadvertently granted to gay men the new and powerful option of escaping compulsory service by declaring their homosexuality. Critics complained that psychiatric screening only encouraged these and other men to claim that they were mentally ill. " 46 Psychiatrists found themselves defending self-declared homosexuals as honest men who admitted that they were mentally ill, while military officials, war boosters, and even gay contemporaries could portray them as slackers trying to shirk their military duty.

24 Examining psychiatrists had only a few minutes at best to interview each registrant. Under such circumstances, they had to use stereotypes, hunches, and guesses rather than procedures with any scientific basis. With few real examples from their practice to draw on, lecturers made up hypothetical interviews and presented crude interview techniques as if they were precision tools for detecting the slightest signs of "latent" homosexuality or worries about being queer or unmanly—characteristics that could be identified in most young men.

I couldn't do that, though. " 44 Gay selectees who said no sometimes believed that they were telling the truth. Some did not yet think of themselves as gay. " Still others had never heard the clinical term homosexual before and guessed that it didn't apply to them. "Going into the service the word 'homosexual' was used," recalled Raymond Mailloux, who in July 1943 was drafted into the Army in Fall River, Massachusetts, at the age of eighteen. "And like everyone else, of course, I said no. Because I truly did not know what 'homosexual' meant.

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