Coming Out Under Fire. The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. Twentieth Anniversary Edition. By Allan Bérubé. With a new foreword by John. Coming Out Under Fire has ratings and 48 reviews. As Allan Berube writes at the close of this book, “the generation of gay men and women who served in. Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. Allan Bérubé . Coming home with a stronger sense of themselves as gay.

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I kept waiting for his history to get up to DADT, but it stopped just shy of that.

That they lived and fought and served, and also loved and laughed and danced, is a tribute to the human spirit. I want to start this allah by first acknowledging the important work Berube did in this book; this book was definitely groundbreaking when it was published, and importantly, legitimized the service of gay and lesbian veterans of World War II.

Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two

This is a well composed book, complete with photos, of the hidden phenomenon of gay soldiers in World War II. Sign In Forgot password? Rights, Justice, and a New Minority pp.

Tragic consistency is mostly in the post-war period, as discharged veterans often found greater difficulties when in possession of “blue papers” that often explicitly indicated their sexual orientation. Men were sometimes put in chains, transported under the guns of soldiers who might be bigoted enough that the gay man wondered if he would get out of the transport alive.


Sign In or Create an Account. During World War II, as the United States called on its citizens to serve in unprecedented numbers, the presence of gay Americans in the armed forces increasingly conflicted with the expanding antihomosexual policies and procedures of the military. Some consulted Armed Forces psychiatrists. Loeser at the 36th station hospital in Devonshire, UK.

Although there were many people who were openly gay, and who were often ignored or tolerated by society as long as they kept their preferences discreet, it was a precarious existence. Mainly because the military assumes that sexual orientation in some way reflects on ability to carry out the necessary functions of a soldier. Some a few psychiatrists started with the idea that homosexuality was a personality trait that comijg necessarily cause any problems, and ironically, a few who were tasked with interviewing large numbers rire soldiers for discharge came to that conclusion — their completely ineffective protests against comjng army’s punitive attitude were some of the earliest defenses of homosexuality in the US.

This book is long, well referenced, and painful to read. Coming Out Under Fire. PfuhlStuart Henry Limited preview. That being said, if you, like me, are suspicious at best of the citizen-soldier construct, this book can be difficult to get through. Article PDF first page preview.

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Being arrested without committing This was a good history book of gay and lesbian soldiers who met other queers or had same sex experiences while serving in WWII. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Their research, documented by case histories argued that homosexuality did not make men less capable soldiers and urged the Army comlng abandon discrimination against homosexuals in the military.


HerdtAndrew Boxer Limited preview – Things may be improving, but not enough and not fast enough. Citing articles clming Google Scholar.

From the archives the author pieces together the American public and government reaction to the sudden, unavoidable appearance of homosexuals in combat units and elsewhere. The author gives us comin alternate history, reveals how queer people had an affect on popular culture, how we transformed the military, how the military’s oppressive policies only united us, literally and figuratively, to fight back, to write ourselves into history.

Though I understand bwrube wasn’t Berube’s intention per se, I am going to note it for potential readers. Jan 13, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: Within the organization, however, military officials took a more understanding approach—forced into it by the need to hang onto trained personnel. The first chapters are about all the measures in place to catch queer people joining the military to begin with, and then there’s a significant amount of time devoted firw the social climate of the military.

However, you will have to read this most remarkable book to learn the outcome of this.