Jamie Farr was a comedy actor and not a social activist, and he was unhappy at the running dress gags – but the show was pointing out one of the greatest hypocrisies: being gay only got you discharged during peace time.
Randy Shilts wrote several books – Conduct Unbecoming: Gays and Lesbians in the US Military, And the Band Played on about the early AIDS epidemic onset in America and traced backwards to Africa and migrated around the world mostly by soldiers and tourists, notable – Fleet Week in America 1979, and also the biography of Harvey Milk, the first gay man elected to public office and murdered by a guy who tried to blame his shooting spree on his having eaten twinkie snack cakes.
Mar 18, 2009 – The firing of gay Arabic language specialists during America’s war on …of Arabic experts, it faced a 68 percent shortage of Farsi translators … “The US Army does not have a fraction of the linguists required. ….. Investigators, it turned out, were threatening other soldiers at DLI with courts–martial if they did not …
Jun 8, 2007 – More than 58 Arabic linguists have been kicked out since “don’t ask, don’t tell” was instituted. … IMAGINE for a moment an American soldier deep in the Iraqi desert. … An untold number of closeted gay military members don’t re-enlist … Obama’s Options for a Supreme Court Nominee, and the Potential.
Gary Kinsman wrote about these issues in Canada….witch hunts of the last century….
It is wonderful to me at almost 50, that Canadian people in their 30s and 20s are shocked there was discrimination against queer people. Coming Out: Queer vs Athiest Questions for Atheist from a High School Student Questions For Atheists From A … Continue reading