The GLBTRT has been reviewing books and movies in its newsletter since the early 1990s. Trace the evolution of queer publishing through these historic reviews. This review was originallyÂ published inÂ Vol. 3, No 3 & 4 Spring/Summer 1991.Â
The irony of reviewing this book as the U.S. military conunenced the “liberation of Kuwait” was notÂ lost on this reviewer, for the U.S. Department of Defense pursues deliberate policies of prejudice, discrimination and harassment towards gays, lesbiansÂ and bisexuals in America.
Two separate studies by OOD’s Defense PersonnelÂ Security Research and Education Center (PERSEREC)Â questioned these homophobic policies in regard to theÂ suitability of sexual minorities for military service andÂ national security clearances. Both reports were suppressed by Pentagon brass, but the persistent efforts ofÂ Representatives Gerry Studds and Patricia SchroederÂ to obtain and release them proved successful. ThisÂ Alyson paperback contains both reports, commentaryÂ by Congressman Studds and editor Dyer, and internalÂ military memorandum blasting the PERSEREC studies and their authors.
Gays in Uniform is an important document for Washington policy makers and for any American concernedÂ with national defense and national security or withÂ civil rights. Reconunended for all federal government,Â academic and large public library collections.
Reviewed by Joseph M. Eagan
Enoch Pratt Free Library