Active-duty LGBT soldiers share their stories of serving under qDon't Ask, Don't Tell, q 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 qDon't Ask, Don't Tell.q 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.Wanting to make a difference, he came out publicly onABC World Newsin January 1993. He became the ... Nothing could have been further from the truth. ... The battalion legal officer had signed it and put a smiley face next to his signature.
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