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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: #2,942,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harry Pandolfino on March 2, 2012
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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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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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Very personal account of a Marine who risked, and eventually lost, his career, solely for being gay. His story is a horrible stain on America's record of discrimination and ignorance. This is a highly competent and decorated Marine who proved to the military "leadership" that being gay IS compatible with military service. Over 100,000 brave American men and women of equal value were discarded as mere garbage by an unyielding and cruel policy that ruined lives, careers and trust in the nation they so honorably served. No one can disregard the evidence presented before them, but that is exactly just what the military did for decades of witch hunts and horror tactics to route out some of its most talented and effective members. This nation, which now allows all to serve with dignity, has NEVER EVEN APOLOGIZED for the disgrace and cruelty it inflicted on its own citizens.
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