Our Time: Breaking the Silence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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Active-duty LGBT soldiers share their stories of serving under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," revealing an intimate portrait of military life

Our Time marks the end of more than a decade of silence, giving voice to the LGBT men and women who served under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." These individuals enlisted knowing that the military would ask them to bury an integral part of themselves and yet joined because of their deep belief that the values of the ...

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Edited by Air Force officer Josh Seefried, a cofounder of the LGBT active duty military association OutServe, Our Time is a collection of remarkable depth and diversity. It is ... witness to the abuse – physical and mental – endured at the hands of fellow soldiers and superiors. Readers see the hardships faced by their families and partners and feel the pain of the choice between military and self. There are also examples of humanity at its very best: leader5s with the courage to support their comrades in the face of enormous pressure, friendships forged and minds opened, and love that endures the very toughest of odds. 191p. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Active-duty LGBT soldiers share their stories of serving under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," revealing an intimate portrait of military life

Our Time marks the end of more than a decade of silence, giving voice to the LGBT men and women who served under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." These individuals enlisted knowing that the military would ask them to bury an integral part of themselves and yet joined because of their deep belief that the values of the military were worth the tremendous sacrifice. Our Time is their story.

Edited by air force officer J. D. Smith, a cofounder of the underground LGBT military organization OutServe, Our Time is a collection of remarkable depth and diversity. We witness the abuse-physical and mental-endured at the hands of fellow soldiers and superiors. We see the hardships faced by their families and partners and feel the pain of the choice between military and self. There are also examples of humanity at its very best: leaders with the courage to support their comrades in the face of tremendous pressure, friendships forged and minds opened, and love that endures the very toughest of odds.

Throughout we are reminded of the bravery and selflessness of the men and women who chose to serve our country and defend our liberties while their own freedom was withheld. At once a testament to the wrongs of the policy and a celebration of the good that endured in spite of it, Our Time marks the start of a new era in our national history.

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Active duty, gay Air Force officer Seefried is the founder of OutServe, the military's only safe, organized LGBT community. Familiar with the effect that DADT had on LGBT military men and women, Seefried compiled nearly 50 first-person accounts. Many of them recall failed relationships due to fear of being caught, others tell of the fear of being outed and forced them to live lives of deceit. One man married a woman so he did not have to reveal his sexuality, another regularly considered suicide. Some individuals found the courage to come out and were discharged, getting by with support from family and fellow soldiers. An especially moving essay by a heterosexual soldier laments the ignorance at the core of homophobia. To members of the LGBT and their supporters, this important book chronicles a significant moment in history and despite the uneven quality of the essays-some are moving while others strangely distant-it will serve as a snapshot of a time before repeal, when many military men and women were forced to serve in silence.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594203312
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/13/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Seefried is currently an active duty air force officer and 2009 graduate of the Air Force Academy, and operated under the pseudonym “JD Smith” prior to repeal. As co-founder and co-director of OutServe, he is regularly sought by the media to represent gay active duty members, and has only appeared in shadow to date. Seefried was an invited guest to the presidential signing of the legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

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