Coming Out Under Fire. The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. Twentieth Anniversary Edition. By Allan Bérubé. With a new foreword by John. Coming Out Under Fire has ratings and 48 reviews. As Allan Berube writes at the close of this book, “the generation of gay men and women who served in. Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. Allan Bérubé . Coming home with a stronger sense of themselves as gay.

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The Deviance Process Erdwin H. In Coming Out Under FireAllan Berube examines in depth and detail these social and political confrontation–not as a story of how the military victimized homosexuals, but as a story of how a dynamic fige relationship developed between gay citizens and their government, transforming them both.

It is a triumph. Gay soldiers often came out of the war with a better sense of themselves as gay, whether because of the chance that cameraderie had given them to feel “normal”, because of meeting many others like themselves, or precisely beribe of the segregation and discrimination imposed on them if they were caught up in anti-homosexuality policies. I was recommended this book during a presentation of some research of mine at a Phi Alpha Theta history conference inand I am so glad that I finally did.

This book is long, well referenced, and painful to read. Slavery after Rome, — Psychiatrists Discover the Gay GI. Many of the men and women were confused and afraid of their own sexual leanings.

And then forbade them to fall in love, or in lust. Some gay male and lesbian GIs first entered the maze when they voluntarily declared their homosexuality, fully expecting to be hospitalized and discharged.

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These men and women often endured time spent in mental hospitals or brigs as the military didn’t quite know what berubw do with them once they were “found out”. Well written over all, in any case, though someone should have taken the word “ironically” away from him. Psychiatrists, by trying to shift the military procedures from criminalization of sex acts to the medical handling of “latent” or “confirmed” homosexuals, began whether they realized it or not to create the basis for recognizing the homosexual person as a problem, independent of what they did.


It is an extraordinary history hidden deep within official documents and personal stories. He finds that the experience of WWII hnder both that of increased surveillance Nov 04, Steven rated it it was ok.

Particularly moving were the heart-wrenching accounts of soldiers who watched their lovers die in combat, and the surprising compassion and support they received in their grief from their fellow G. Soldiers that were discovered to be gay or lesbian were harassed and dishonorably discharged despite months or years of faithful service.

To ask other readers questions about Coming Out Under Fireplease sign up. Mainly because the military assumes that sexual orientation in some way begube on ability to carry out the necessary functions qllan a soldier. One recounted how his natural sensitivity led him to be prized by his superiors as a writer of particularly thoughtful and consoling letters of condolence to families of fallen soldiers.

Nov 26, Brett Gorges rated it liked it. With the draft, GBT men were given no choice about joining up.

For the first time, they began to think of themselves as a minority and speak in terms of rights and justice. From the archives the author pieces together the American public and government reaction to the sudden, unavoidable appearance of homosexuals in combat units and elsewhere. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two

Open Preview See a Problem? Glenn would never, at any time in his life, win awards as the most macho in the crowd. Men and women who had passed through the war unscathed might find themselves the target of law enforcement. There is great breadth covered from the role of psychiatrists, military leaders, the experiences of gays and lesbians in the US military, repression as well as acceptance that does not seem to have too much unifor This is the key text for homosexual experience in Flre and it remains so.


I found this an excellent book, and as I said, an important one. This was a remarkable transitional period before the hysterically conformist crackdown of the fifties. I found this fascinating, intriguing, and frustruating.

It would be interesting to read equivalent books for other countries during the same period, as this only covered the USA, but it did seem to cover it very well. The witch hunts, I had heard about. This was a really interesting read.

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Two 8-page photo inserts. You read the text and are constantly reminded that someone, many people lived this experience. Though this was not as common as it would be later in Vietnam, malingering was still seen as a problem by military officers. But it’s only partly so. To really appreciate the fird story of coming out under fire I urge you to read the original.

But inspired more by necessity than idealism, male trainees responded to the demands of basic training by developing their own pragmatic ethic of tolerance: Men were sometimes put in chains, transported under the guns of soldiers who might be bigoted enough that the gay man wondered if he would get out of the transport alive.