On Saturday, October 17, 2009, at 4:00 PM, at Stonewall Library & Archives, 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Stonewall will host a lecture by Dr. Nathaniel Frank, author of the widely praised book Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America.
Unfriendly Fire is the definitive story of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Written by the nation’s most widely recognized expert on the policy, Dr. Frank draws on decades of research on gay service and hundreds of exclusive interviews with policymakers, government officials, academics and service members, to show the cruel and unaffordable costs of the gay ban.
The book contains never-before-published material about behind-the-scenes jockeying by participants in the creation of “don’t ask, don’t tell” who reveal the process that led to a policy that has pleased almost no one.
Janet Maslin, writing in the New York Times described the book as “A sharp, vigorously framed analysis argued so discerningly, so substantively and so well. With agility and tough-mindedness, Mr. Frank brings hard evidence to bear on the gay ban’s cost and consequences.”
Dr. Nathaniel Frank is Senior Research Fellow at the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an adjunct professor of history at New York University.
A historian with a doctorate from Brown University, he is perhaps the most widely published journalist on the military’s current policy on gay troops. Dr. Frank twice broke the story of Army purges of gay Arabic translators in The New Republic.
His publications on gays in the military and other topics have also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, Newsday, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Lingua Franca and In These Times.
Please join us on Saturday, October 17 at 4:00 PM for this chance to meet Dr. Frank. The author will be available after the presentation for book /signing. The event will include light refreshments and is free and open to the public.
The mission of Stonewall Library & Archives is to collect, preserve, organize for use and display materials related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture and history; support related research and sponsor cultural and educational programs.
For further information, please contact:
Jack Rutland, Executive Director
Stonewall Library & Archives
Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.