A historical account of military policy regarding homosexuals during World War II. The documentary includes interviews with several gay WWII veterans. Written by
It is World War II and the U.S. military begins to persecute homosexual soldiers for being "sex perverts" and "mentally ill."
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Pat Bond (interview date: September 30, 1990), Max Cole
(interview date: March 29, 1993), Elwood Burton Gerrits (interview date: June 17, 1993), Nicolai Gioscia (interview date: February 27, 1993), and Edna Rostow (interview date: May 1, 1993) were all original interview subjects, but for various reasons, their interviews/scenes were not included in the final original film. However, upon release of the DVD, their interviews/scenes were added as 'additional interviews,' which could be found in the 'additional features' section of the DVD, along with 'historical documents,' 'extended scenes,' 'production notes,' and 'music selections.' See more
(as Ernest Max Cole) Communications and Boat Officer in the Amphibious Force, U.S. Navy Interview date: March 29, 1993 Ernest Max Cole led the first wave of boats into the enemy shore of Rendova in the New Georgia Islands. During the invasion of Iwo Jima, his boyfriend was sent ashore where the beach "was absolutely alive with fire." When he returned along with other casualties, Cole, not wanting to reveal his affections, "didn't dare go to him because I was afraid I'd cry... The next day I saw him, and I put my arm around him and I was under control again. How glad I was to see him!" Cole is now retired and works as a radio announcer for the Riverside Church in New York City. Duration 6:14 See more
Features Shades of Gray
I Don't Care
Words by Jean Lenox
Music by Harry O. Sutton See more