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About the Author

Justin Crockett Elzie is a self-described Renaissance Man, and a writer and actor in New York City. He is a Progressive Activist on Environmental and Civil Rights issues and a blogger on the Queer NYC blog team.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Queer Mojo (A Rebel Satori Imprint) (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608640426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608640423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,113,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G Anderson on December 28, 2010
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This is one of the best books to read and understand why it's crucial to repeal DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy), and the importance of equality. Justin Elzie definitely will take you to his past journey of how he was being treated by people who were bigots/ignorants under DADT policy. You'd surprised how fast his world turned upside down right at: 'I am gay.' I give this book two thumbs up!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Don Barefoot on January 21, 2011
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This book lifts my spirits in so many ways. Having know Justin in the Marine Corps it was such an amazing journey to follow him as he served this country with dignity and honor. He is what all Marines should strive to be and for all gays to look up to as a true role model. You will feel his pain and burst with pride as he overcomes the homophobia not only in this country but in the military itself. Thank you Justin for you service and it is my honor to call you friend. Don Barefoot
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As a former Marine I found Elzie's description of the Corps fairly accurate. I found that the troopies were less concerned with a person's sexual orientation than the brass and that even a lot of the command just looked the other way unless they were forced to act. It is incongruous that such a top notch organization, based on egalitarianism and brotherhood could remain so out of touch with the changes in society. This is a really moving book about self-sacrifice, throwing one's own safety zone away to achieve a higher purpose. I had to admire Elzie's courage, a courage I didn't have, to finally force the issue out into the open. Breaking apart hypocritical old thinking and entrenched ideas doesn't happen easily and it usually requires someone to mount the battle, and fight that battle regardless of the cost to themselves. This is a good, honest book about what that's like and why we need people in our society to push against the status quo.
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