A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans. Written by
It is World War II and the U.S. military begins to persecute homosexual soldiers for being "sex perverts" and "mentally ill."
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Interview subjects Phillis Abry and Pat Bond both died between their interview dates and the release/premiere of the film. See more
Edna Rostow Research Associate, Dept of Psychiatry, Yale University Student Mental Health Clinic Interview date: May 1, 1993 In 1944, Edna Rostow and Yale University student clinic director, Dr. Clements Fry, completed reports on gays in the military for the Office of Scientific Research and Development. After studying the records of 183 servicemen, which included 46 homosexual soldiers, they found gay soldiers no better or worse than others...and that many "performed well in various military jobs," including combat. They challenged the military's double standard: "Should a man be discharged...for being picked up on leave for homosexual activity with a willing partner, when a heterosexual episode in similar circumstances would not be grounds for discharge?" Rostow and Fry's reports were filed in 1945 and remained classified until 1977, when a federal judge ordered their release along with other studies that questioned the military's policy on homosexuals. Rostow is now retired and living in Portugal. Duration: 4:35 See more
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I Don't Care
Words by Jean Lenox
Music by Harry O. Sutton See more