Gay Rights, Military Wrongs: Political Perspectives on Lesbians and Gays in the Military

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Christopher Capozzola
For historians, these essays offer a careful accounting of the history of politics that is attentive to actors, institutions, and policy constraints.
Ten original essays place the current debate over homosexual military service in its historical, theoretical, political, and policy context. They discuss parallels between policies on race on sexuality, the effects of Bill Clinton's 1994 Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the threat of gay men to military identity, and other dimensions. A preface by Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer and the court opinions of her cases are also included. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815320869
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Series: History Reference Series
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
Ch. 1 Race-ing and Gendering the Military Closet 3
Ch. 2 Echoes of Prejudice: The Debates Over Race and Sexuality in the Armed Forces 47
Ch. 3 Military Women: Casualties of the Armed Forces' War on Lesbians and Gay Men 71
Ch. 4 Promise Unfulfilled: Clinton's Failure to Overturn the Military Ban on Lesbians and Gays 111
Ch. 5 President Clinton, Public Opinion, and Gays in the Military 127
Ch. 6 The Perils of Congressional Politics 147
Ch. 7 Seeking Another Forum: The Courts and Lesbians and Gay Rights 195
Ch. 8 The Spectacle of Life and Death: Feminist and Lesbian/Gay Politics in the Military 229
Ch. 9 Conduct Unbecoming Continues: The First Year Under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" 249
Ch. 10 Constructing the 'Other' Soldier: Gay Identity's Military Threat 269
Selected Bibliography 295
Appendix A Margarethe Cammermeyer v. Les Aspin 297
Appendix B Margarethe Cammermeyer v. William J. Perry 323
Index 333
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