Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement

Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement

by Stephen Snyder-Hill, George Takei

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When ôDonÆt Ask, DonÆt Tell,ö the official U.S. policy on gays serving in the military, was repealed in September 2011, soldier Stephen Snyder-Hill (then Captain Hill) was serving in Iraq. Having endured years of this policy, which passively encouraged a culture of fear and secrecy for gay soldiers, Snyder-Hill submitted a video to a Republican primary debate (held two days after the repeal). In the video he asked for the RepublicansÆ thoughts regarding the repeal and their plans, if any, to extend spousal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian soldiers. His video was booed by the audience on national television.

Soldier of Change captures not only the media frenzy that followed that moment, placing Snyder-Hill at the forefront of this modern civil rights movement, but also his twenty-year journey as a gay man in the army: from self-loathing to self-acceptance, to the most important battle of his lifeûprotecting the disenfranchised. Since that time, Snyder-Hill has traveled the country with his husband, giving interviews on major news networks and speaking at universities, community centers, and pride parades, a champion of LGBT equality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612347066
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

STEPHEN SNYDER-HILL joined the military in 1988 and served nearly three years on active duty in Germany and fought in the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait before his honorable discharge in 1996. He reenlisted in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in 2010. Throughout his military career, Snyder-Hill received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal. He is currently a registered dietitian and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his husband and two dogs.

Table of Contents




1. A Leap of Faith

2. Don’t Say Gay

3. Boot Camp and Bible Study

4. Lost and Found in Iraq

5. Pink Triangles

6. Just Be You

7. Back in the Saddle, Back in the Closet

8. This Looks Like a Gay Dude’s House

9. Jessica Josh

10. Cemetery Ceremony and Insensitive Sensitivity

11. The Debate

12. The Fallout

13. The Lawsuit

14. Prepping for the Public Eye

15. Did Rosa Parks Have a Roommate?

16. The Right to Hyphenate

17. Presidential Momentum

18. One Year of Freedom

19. All Aboard the C-BUS of Love

20. Chariots and Superheroes

21. Activism vs. Politics

22. Trust the Power of Your Voice


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