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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Humans have such capacity for cruelty to each other, and such capacity for love. In that, it did an admirable job, and I understand the difficulty the author faced in even collecting all this information. I would have enjoyed hearing even more of this oral history.
You do not currently have access to this article. For full disclosure, I skipped about half of the chapter on the reformation of the military penal system, and skimmed a bit of the final chapter on post-war attitudes towards gay people in part because it was deeply depressing and in part because it just wasn’t what I picked up this book for.
Feb 03, carlageek rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is so nuanced without being complicated. There was often a gay subculture where men or women in the know could meet and interact. Loeser at the 36th station hospital in Devonshire, UK. At any moment someone might object to a gesture or even a look, report you in the wrong quarters, and the result could be a long prison sentence.
It is one of the sad ironies of gay wartime history that at a time when America was fighting a war supposedly for freedom, against racism, intolerance and persecution, it was stripping gay servicemen and women of all rights, interrogating, humiliating and brutalising them, holding them in ‘queer stockades’, denying their service and sacrifice.
One of the side effects of this discrimination was that having survived fear and death on the battlefield, some gay combat veterans began to cast off the veil of secrecy that so seriously constrained their lives. The Legacy of the War pp. Some would criticise this, but I liked it because it demonstrated to me how much this book meant to him.
Published April 1st by Free Press first published In the endhowever, the military issued a directive that steered a compromise inasmuch as sodomy was still deemed a criminal offence, but allowed for an exception where force or violence had not been used.
Freedman, this book remains a valuable contribution to the history of World War II, as well as to the ongoing debate regarding the role of gays in the A,lan. In a hostile society, this could lead to a person’s positive achievements being entirely discounted. Those were a bit dry imho. In forward units, camaraderie between the men often overrode other considerations.
The Legacy of the War. I’d recommend following up this read with memoirs or letters by gay soldiers in order to better round out one’s under I would have liked more human-interest, first person accounts, but it’s clear the purpose of the book was to encapsulate and address military policy towards homosexuals.
But at the same time, psychologists went after them for the first time, and the things they put them through were traumatic and awful–putting them in brigs that were really cages, displaying them for humiliation, turning them out of service for sexual psychopathy, which they then had to bring t Interesting and somewhat horrifying history of gay service people in world war ii.
Although I do have to say that I struggled to get through some of the chapters, mainly those focusing on psychiatric work or the law situation back then.
DADT isn’t much of an improvement. That, perhaps, is the greatest benefit that this retrospective can provide, firre those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
It is important that the service and sacrifices of these men and As Allan Berube writes at the close of this book, “the generation of gay men and women who served in World War II grew into adulthood fighting one war for their country and another to protect themselves from their government’s escalating mobilization against them.
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A Gay Refuge pp. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Animating the book are many well chosen firs This is a well composed book, complete with photos, of the hidden phenomenon of gay soldiers in Comijg War II.
Homosexuality in undee military has always been a controversial topic. Fighting Another War pp. For many, it was their first chance at a gay community, and many found roles as mascots and entertainers for the troops.
The treatment bdrube out to some of these men and women was truly abhorrent – and whilst the US government has apologised to the Japanese-American community for their treatment during World War II, it is yet to make any such gesture to the many thousands of gay men and women who received treatment equally as appalling, both during World War II and afterwards.
Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two
Rights Justice and a New Minority. Well worth a read! It is an extraordinary history hidden deep within official documents and personal stories. I wish there had been more about lesbians, but there were at least somewhat included.
Once trapped in the machinery of a sodomy charge, conditions could be brutal. Indeed, I was moved from profound sadness to outright rage when I learned the systematic persecution that these innocent men and women had to endure in the service of their country.