Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Alexander Nicholson

Fighting to Serve: Behind the Scenes in the War to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Chicago Review Press
Publication date: October 2012
ISBN: 9781613743751
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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Surfing the internet in 2005, Alexander Nicholson couldn’t believe that in all the articles he read about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he never found a group advocating repeal that was reaching out to active military or veterans’ organizations. Nicholson believed the repeal effort needed spokespersons who understood military culture, who could talk about DADT’s impact on those who serve to those who serve and served. Someone like him. From this idea Servicemembers United, the largest organization for gay and lesbian servicemembers, was born. Nicholson and several others who had been discharged under DADT toured the United States where they spoke at American Legion posts, on radio talk shows, and at press conferences across the South and on both coasts, often just outside military bases. The tour propelled Nicholson and Servicemembers United to the forefront of DADT repeal fight. In time Nicholson became the only named plaintiff in the successful lawsuit that ordered the policy overturned, forcing the US Congress to act. Fighting to Serve gives a no-holds-barred account of the backstage strategies and negotiations, revealing how many LGBT organizations, the Congress, and the White House often worked at cross purposes. But in the end, it was the pressure brought by active veterans, a court ruling out of California, and a few courageous senators, representatives, and military leaders that brought the destructive policy to an end. Alexander Nicholson is the founder and executive director of Servicemembers United. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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