Through compelling photographs and interviews made over three years on road trips across the US, Vincent Cianni (born 1952) has created an important historical record of the struggles of gay and lesbian veterans and servicemembers in the US military.
As the Human Rights Commission attests, the US military has a long history of civil rights abuses against homosexuals, with harassment and discrimination frequently resulting in lost careers. In many cases, these men and women—highly skilled, well-educated, patriotic, courageous, and productive—had attained high rank, received numerous medals, and held top-level jobs essential to the military.
With essays by Alison Nordstrom, Don Bramer and Alan Steinman shedding light on the cultural, personal, and political consequences of the ban on homosexuality, this volume tells the stories of men and women who served in silence, and oftentimes were penalized and prohibited from receiving the benefits accorded them for serving in the military.
Vincent Cianni adds to the historical record of the struggles of gays and lesbians in the US military. Gays In The Military: Photographs And Interviews reveals stories of men and women who served in silence in this "apt coda to an experience marked by an evolution from darkness into light."—The New York Times