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Gays in the MilitaryGays in the Military Photographs and Interviews
by Vincent Cianni
Daylight Books.  256 pages, $45.

 

BEING GAY became an explicit barrier to military service in 1950, when President Harry Truman signed the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Thirty years later, Ronald Reagan ordered the discharge of any service member who engaged in homosexual acts or stated they were homosexual (or bisexual). After failing to lift the ban, Bill Clinton signed “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) into law in 1993. Barack Obama campaigned on full repeal, which was approved in 2010 and became effective a year later.

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Rosemary Booth is a writer and photographer living in Cambridge, Mass.

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