"Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement" Book Presentation and Book Signing by author Stephen Snyder-Hill

November 20, 2014 at 5pm
Student Activities Center, Activities Room

 

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When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the official U.S. policy on gays serving in the military, was repealed in September 2011, soldier Stephen Snyder-Hill (then Captain Hill) was serving in Iraq. Having endured years of this policy, Snyder-Hill submitted a video to a Republican primary debate held two days after the repeal. In the video he asked for the Republicans’ thoughts regarding the repeal and their plans, if any, to extend spousal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian soldiers. His video was booed by the audience on national television.

Soldier of Change captures not only the media frenzy that followed that moment, placing Snyder-Hill at the forefront of this modern civil rights movement, but also his twenty-year journey as a gay man in the army: from self-loathing to self-acceptance to the most important battle of his life–protecting the disenfranchised.

Free and open to the public

Solider of Change will be on sale during the reception.

Sponsors:
UM Women's and Gender Studies Program; the LGBTQ Studies minor; UPride; the Veteran Students Organization