Suzanne Ruta
October 16, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Honor Bound: A Gay American Fights for the Right to Serve His Country

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joseph Steffan
publisher
Villard Books
genre
Gay and Lesbian, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

The military’s ban on homosexuals may cost taxpayers millions each year, but the human cost is incalculable, as Joseph Steffan reveals in Honor Bound: A Gay American Fights for the Right to Serve his Country. A soft-spoken, highly intelligent young man from Minnesota, Steffan survived the brutal plebe year at Annapolis, was among the top 10 in his class and headed for the submarine corps when the Naval Academy discharged him on learning he was gay. Honor impelled him to fight back with a lawsuit and this thoughtful expose of sexism, homophobia, and stupidity among the top brass. A

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