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The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on HBO Sept. 19
From a news release
2011-08-24

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THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL
Photo Credit: Courtesy of HBO


NEW YORK, Aug. 23, 2011 — This September, at the moment the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) goes into effect, HBO will tell the strange-but-true tale of the U.S. military's ban on gays and lesbians from its implementation, through passionate protests and debates, and finally to its 2011 repeal. A timely and historical look at the legacy of gays and lesbians in the military, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL illustrates the tumultuous evolution of the controversial policy that fostered hate and intolerance within the military — and undermined the very freedoms American forces defend — by forcing many soldiers to lie and live in secrecy.

Directed by Emmy® winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL will have a sneak preview TUESDAY, SEPT. 19 (midnight-1:30 a.m. ET/PT) on HBO, followed by the documentary's first prime-time play Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

In 1993, President Bill Clinton encountered vehement opposition when he tried to deliver on his election promise of lifting a 50-year ban on gays in the military. The result was the compromise legislation Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which allowed gays to serve in the military provided they didn't disclose their sexual orientation. THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL examines the consequences of the policy and the fight to overturn it, a battle that would last 17 years, span three presidencies and result in the discharge of 13,368 active service members.

Filmed during the final 15 months of the law, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL interweaves archival news footage and interviews with key players, from policy experts to Pentagon personnel, as well as personal accounts by a number of actively serving gay soldiers (obscured from the camera because speaking about their sexual orientation violates Don't Ask, Don't Tell). Among the featured subjects are: Mass. Rep. Barney Frank; Ct. Sen. Joe Lieberman; former Pa. Rep Patrick Murphy, an Iraqi war veteran who played a leading role in the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal; Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach; Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer; Jeh C. Johnson, general counsel of the Department of Defense; and Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have produced a variety of acclaimed nonfiction programming, including 24 documentaries for HBO and CINEMAX, among them "Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal," "Monica in Black and White," "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" and, most recently, the Emmy®-nominated "Wishful Drinking."

THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL is produced and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato; supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins; producers, Gabriel Rotello and Mona Card; editors, Langdon F. Page, Chris Conway; music by David Benjamin Steinberg.

THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL: David McKean

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