Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Back to the bookshelf

A few days ago I mentioned the book Conduct Unbecoming Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military (1993) by the late Randy Shilts. There are tons of other books that you might want to pick up to get more background on this subject of lgbt persons in the military. May I also suggest Out in Force: Sexual Orientation and the Military by Gregory Herek, The Many Faces of Gay: Activists Who Are Changing the Nation by Arthur D. Kahn, Exclusion: Homosexuals and the Right to Serve by Melissa Wells-Petry, and Don’t Ask: A Reader’s Guide to the Military’s Anti-Gay Policy, by Janet Halley. Also, Lifting the Ban on Gays in the Civil Service: Federal Policy toward Gay and Lesbian Employees since the Cold War, in Public Administration Review by Gregory B. Lewis, Gays and Guns: The Case against Homosexuals in the Military by John Eidsmoe , and The Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men: The Basic ACLU Guide to a Gay Person's Rights by Nan D. Hunter, Sherryl E. Michaelson, Thomas B. Stoddard.

Of course reading is not the only way to get information, but it is a start. After doing some reading, I hope you will also do some sharing. Talk to your relatives and to your coworkers, and to your friends. Let them know that you think it is high time lgbt were treated fairly in the workplace. DADT must be repealed! It is the only fair thing to do!

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