Officially gay : the political construction of sexuality by the U.S. military / Gary L. Lehring.

Lehring, Gary L., 1966- [Browse]
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2010.
1 online resource (xi, 229 pages)


Queer politics, queer theories [More in this series]
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In 1993, simply the idea that lesbians and gays should be able to serve openly in the military created a firestorm of protest from right-wing groups and powerful social conservatives that threatened to derail the entire agenda of a newly elected President. Nine short years later, in the wake of September 11, 2001, the Pentagon's suspension of discharge of gay and lesbians went largely overlooked and unremarked by political pundits, news organizations, military experts, religious leaders and gay activists. How can this collective cultural silence be explained? Officially Gay follows the militar.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. What Is an Official Gay Identity?; 2. The Emergence of Identity: Epistemological Tenets of the Modern Gay and Lesbian Subject; 3. Gays in the Military: Constructing the "Homosexual" Other; 4. Gays in the Military: Identity as "Official" Justification for Exclusion; 5. Gaze in the Military: Competing Perceptions of Gay Performance; 6. Don't Kiss and Tell in the Military: Gay Politics and the Clinton Compromise; 7. Becoming Identity: Public Policy, Gay Identification, and the "Queer" Response; Conclusion: Nightmares, Fantasies, and Sexual Performance.
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