In Coming Out Under Fire, Allan Berube examines in depth and detail these social and political confrontation--not as a story of how the military victimized. A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans. In "Coming Out Under Fire" you get to meet 9 people whose lives were devastated in varying degrees by an unjust anti-gay policy in. Coming Out Under Fire has ratings and 47 reviews. Kaje said: This was a fascinating, and sometimes heartbreaking and infuriating, look at the GLBT me.


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Coming Out Under Fire features nine gay and lesbian veterans who recount how they joined the patriotic war against fascism in the s only coming out under fire find themselves fighting two battles: They first remember warm and entertaining stories of finding each other in a compulsory heterosexual environment and reminisce over tales of first love and deep friendships.

Coming Out Under Fire

There are many more stories to be told. But at least this film is a start. Drawing on GIs' wartime letters, extensive interviews with gay veterans, and coming out under fire military documents, Berube thoughtfully constructs a startling history of the two wars gay military men and women fough--one for America and another as homosexuals within the military.


In a vicious cycle of feedback, some of the gay men under arrest became coming out under fire campy than they had ever been before, perhaps to show that they could not be broken or made less gay by the treatment.

That raised distaste in some straight officers and men.


Gay men still in the closet in the forces were both painfully sympathetic and embarrassed. Visiting a man arrested for sodomy was risky, as you might end up suspect yourself.

Arrestees were asked to report on everyone they had encountered in situations where homosexual activity was taking place, and were sometimes made to sign dictated confessions of sodomy and homosexual activity with other named individuals. Despite all coming out under fire, many gay men and women served throughout the war with distinction.

Some high level officials objected to the stigmatization of the gay soldiers under their command. But many did not.

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After the war, arguments continued to rage over the release of Armed Forces personnel records to organizations like the FBI, which was charged with "ensuring public safety by identifying the homosexual menace".

As the post-war climate became even more hostile to gays, some records, personal letters, confessions and medical files were coming out under fire to the FBI and the police, especially from the offices of Naval and Army intelligence.

Men and women who had passed through the war unscathed might find themselves the target of law enforcement. This book is long, well referenced, and painful to read.

Arthur Dong - DeepFocus Productions Coming Out Under Fire

The one light at the end of the tunnel is the realization of how far we have actually come in coming out under fire a century. Gay marriage is legal in several US states - how sweet that is, coming from a position where being gay was considered insane and criminal?

I was left with a sense of awe.