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Movies and videos that deal with "don't ask don't tell" or with homosexuality and the military:

Across the Universe (2007)

Any Mother’s Son (1996)

Ask Not (2008)

Beau Travail (2000)  (France)

Carrier (2008) (10 PBS episodes: Ep 3 "Super Secrets" deals with DADT on an aircraft carrier)

Courage Doesn't Ask (2007)

Coming Out Under Fire (1994) along with Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) and Where Are We? Our Trip Through America (1992)

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell and Gay Arabic Linguists" (2007). Blogger link here.

Five Lines (2000) (compare to No Way Out (1987))

Gays in the Military (2000) and To Support and Defend (1993)

Gay Republicans (2004) (Steve May story); Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007)

Serving in Silence (1995) and Matlovich v. U.S. Air Force (1979); Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Killers from Space; Attack of the Gay Space Invaders (2002)

In & Out (1997) (with the embedded make-believe film "To Serve and Protect")

Licensed to Kill (1997) (convicts discuss Clinton's 1993 attempt to lift ban; attack on NC gay bar during debate)

Metrosexuality (1999)

One Nation Under God (1993)

Point of Order (1964), dealing with the McCarthy hearings

The Recruiter (2007) has an episode with a lesbian soldier in Basic Training.

Regarding Billy (2005)

Soldier’s Girl (2003) (and an interpretation of A Few Good Men (1992))and Yossi & Jagger (2003) (Israel)

Time Out as part of Boys Life 5 (2006); Little Boy Blues as part of Boys Briefs 3 (2005)

Tell (2009); Remember I'm Here (2009)

Time Regained (2000)

For a Lost Soldier (1992) (Netherlands)

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) - watch for the scene with Big Gay Al and the USO.

Stalag 17 (1953) - watch for the cross-dressing at the "Christmas party."

Angels in America (2003) II: "Perestroika"

More tangential references:  Advise and Consent (1962); The Birdcage (1996); American Beauty (1999); WTC View (2005)

The is a documentary film in development, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” from “Dream Out Loud” films; to view the trailer, go the link here.  The film should become available in 2005.

I have also learned that there is a comedy film Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Killers from Space: Attack of the Gay Space Invaders, directed by Peter Miles (starring Peter Graves and Lloyd Floyd, 2002).  See the link above. 

Note: None of these films is related to any of my own proposals.

Plays that deal with this topic:

Wallace, Naomi. In the Heart of America (1994)

Wilson, Jonathan: Kilt (1995)

Wolf, Marc  Another American: Asking and Telling (1999)


Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd (1951), performed by the Washington opera in the fall of 2004

Books that deal with this topic:

Bazhe: Damages (2002)

Belkin, Aaron and Bateman, Geoffrey. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military (2003)

Berube, Allan:  Coming Out Under Fire (with movie review) (1990)

Cammermeyer, Grethe:  Serving in Silence (1994, with movie review)

Halley, Janet:  Don’t: A Reader’s Guide to the Miltary’s Anti-Gay Policy  (1999)

Mixner, David:  Stranger Among Friends (1996)

Shilts, Randy:  And the Band Played On (1987)  (with movie review)

Shilts, Randy: Conduct Unbecoming Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military (1993)

Steffan, Joseph: Honor Bound: A Gay American Fight for the Right to Serve his Country

Swann, Thomas A. ("Gator") The Tom Swann Story: For a Greater Good. New York: Pygmalion, 2003. ISBN 1888292156  For more see http://www.lambdarising.com and search for “Tom Swann”. Swann states: “I am the last federal employee to have his access to classified information challenged by the government based on being a homosexual. Our ACLU case resulted in the Secretary of the Department of the Navy adding sexual orientation protection for all civilian employees, over 250,000 workers.” I have an early draft (dating back to 1996) of material from this book.

My own books (Bill Boushka) are listed here.

Also visit this bibliography.