Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal

Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

by Alexander Nicholson
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Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by Alexander Nicholson

Discharged in 2002 from the US Army under the provisions of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Alexander Nicholson was shocked to learn there was no group advocating DADT’s repeal that was reaching out to active military or veterans organizations. Nicholson believed the repeal effort needed spokespersons who understood military culture, who could talk about DADT’s impact on those who serve to those who serve and served. Someone like him.


From this idea Servicemembers United, the largest organization for gay and lesbian servicemembers, was born. Nicholson and several others who had been discharged under DADT toured the United States, where they spoke at American Legion posts, on radio talk shows, and at press conferences across the South and on both coasts. Surprised at the mostly positive reception that the tour provoked, Nicholson and Servicemembers United were propelled to the forefront of the DADT repeal fight.


In time Nicholson became the only named plaintiff in the successful lawsuit that ordered the policy overturned, forcing the US Congress to act. Fighting to Serve gives a no-holds-barred account of the backstage strategies and negotiations, revealing how various LGBT organizations, the Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House often worked at cross purposes. But in the end, it was the pressure brought by active veterans, a court ruling out of California, and a few courageous senators, representatives, and military leaders that brought the destructive policy to an end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613743751
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Alexander Nicholson is the founder and executive director of Servicemembers United and was personally engaged with every aspect of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal fight—the grassroots, the media, the US Congress, the administration, the Pentagon, and the courts.

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Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding behind the scenes look into the DADT repeal fight! This was a real eye-opener that I couldn't put down!
A-Janson More than 1 year ago
An exceptional telling of the struggle and eventual victorious repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. Mr Nicholson tells an honest (and at times humorous) firsthand account of the repeal of DADT. This book is a great read for anyone looking for a historical account, or simply a great book that will have you laughing, crying, and eventually celebrating one of the greatest moments in 2011. I can only hope that Mr Nicholson will be available to write the story of the repeal of DOMA as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but in this case the self serving cover photo matches the grandious ego the author puts on full display in the contents of this literary dud. I've already returned this item back to the store.