The Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents:
COMING OUT UNDER FIRE
The award-winning ITVS presentation traces "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
to its World War II beginnings
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) presents a critically hailed and compelling documentary going straight to the heart of an issue that continues to be the focus of heated debate: gays and lesbians in the military. In 1993, the controversy over the US military's ban on homosexuals touched off a furious and polarizing national
exchange. Yet, for many Americans this issue seemed to come out of
nowhere. COMING OUT UNDER FIRE, an hour-long documentary from Arthur
Dong, goes to the World War II origins of today's "don't ask, don't
tell" compromise. Based on Alan Bérubé's groundbreaking
book Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World
War II, this program presents the true stories of those who found
themselves fighting two battles: one for their country and another for
their right to serve.