One of the first people I met when I moved to San Francisco was Randy Shilts who is perhaps best known for his book And the Band Played On. Randy also wrote Conduct Unbecoming Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military (1993). His book though is not the only reference to gays in the military. Here is a list of some of the films that you might want to check out: Across the Universe (2007), Any Mother’s Son (1996), Ask Not (2008), Courage Doesn't Ask (2007), Coming Out Under Fire (1994), Five Lines (2000), Gays in the Military (2000), Serving in Silence (1995), In & Out (1997), Licensed to Kill (1997), Regarding Billy (2005), and Time Regained (2000). There is also a pretty old documentary that I tried to find yesterday (but was not successful). I saw it years ago and then again last year as part of a film festival. A great job of showing how gays and lesbians have always served, but how we had to serve in silence - how we had to hide and lie.
Of course there is a lot more media coverage these days of DADT. This blog is just one example. Check out the links too to the Knights Out site for a lot more news and check your own local newspaper on a regular basis. Finally the spotlight is being shown on the injustice that still exists, but that will hopefully soon end.
Any articles, books, films, television programs, or other media that you think we should take a look at? Leave a comment! By communicating we can end DADT!