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Coming out under fire : the history of gay men and women in World War Two / Allan Bérubé.

By: Bérubé, Allan.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Free Press, c1990Description: xiii, 377 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0029031001; 9780029031001; 0743210719 (pbk.); 9780743210713 (pbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Gay | United States -- Armed Forces -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 | Gay military personnel -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Gays -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Coming out under fire.DDC classification: 940.54/0973/08664 Other classification: 15.24 | 15.87 | 7,26 | 71.32
Contents:
"Why we fight" -- Getting in -- Fitting in -- GI drag : a gay refuge -- "Gang's all here" : the gay life and vice control -- Fight for reform -- Pioneer experts : psychiatrists discover the gay GI -- Comrades in arms -- Fighting another war -- Rights, justice, and a new minority -- Legacy of the war.
Summary: 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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-359) and index.

"Why we fight" -- Getting in -- Fitting in -- GI drag : a gay refuge -- "Gang's all here" : the gay life and vice control -- Fight for reform -- Pioneer experts : psychiatrists discover the gay GI -- Comrades in arms -- Fighting another war -- Rights, justice, and a new minority -- Legacy of the war.

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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A thoroughly researched and absorbingly written account of lesbians and gay men in the US armed forces during and shortly after WW II. For most scholars, it will probably be the only available source for most of the information contained in it. Berube not only did a great deal of replicable research (such as perusing military records in the National Archives and obtaining many other publicly available documents and records), but he also interviewed many aging lesbian and gay WW II veterans to get firsthand accounts of their lives in the military services. The book would be valuable for any library's American social history section. -R. W. Smith, California State University, Northridge

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