The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter

The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter

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In the early 1990s, prior to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the U.S. military discharged gay and lesbian servicemembers under a longstanding ban. During the first Gulf War, many of those soldiers were kept in under a qstop lossq order, only to be discharged upon their return home. Now that DADT has been struck down, this novel is perfectly timed to give a closer look at the lives of people impacted by any policies or laws that ask them to compromise who they are. In The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, long-time lesbian journalist Tracy Baim takes a fictional look at this era in our nation's history, when gays and lesbians served proudly, but quietly, risking their lives for a country that disrespected and attacked who they were. What would happen if an out lesbian journalist met a closeted military spokeswoman? Would sparks fly? Would the sergeant risk her career for love? Would the journalist compromise her ideals for a chance at happiness? What about the servicemembers on the ground in Iraq? They faced bullets and dangerous chemicals, and some came back wounded and faced the loss of their career. See what happens in this fast-paced tale of war, pride, sacrifice, and love. This story was adapted for the Chicago stage as Half Life, in 2004.My friend Peggy Garner had moved to San Francisco, and urged me to get out of my bat cave in Chicago, so my partner Jean and I ... It was called Half Life, and we did script readings in Chicago and Los Angeles in the early 2000s. ... Thanks to low-cost new digital and print-on-demand technology, I decided to publish this book, with the issue of gays and ... While this book is set prior to Dona#39;t Ask, Dona#39;t Tell, there was a military gay ban prior to DADT, one that also destroyed many lives.

Title:The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter
Author:Tracy Baim
Publisher:Obama and the Gays - 2010-12-29


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