Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-10-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Lesbian Maj. Margaret Witt to release book on her military trial
From a press release
2017-07-18

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


After a highly decorated 18-year career in the Air Force, Major Margaret Witt was discharged based on an allegation that she had engaged in sexual conduct with another woman: a civilian with whom she was in a committed relationship, in their home, miles from any military base. The ACLU of Washington sued, claiming that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and its application to Witt, violated her rights of liberty and equal protection. She won her case in 2010 and settled with the Air Force in 2011. The success of the Witt case at the Ninth Circuit and the district court contributed to Congress's passage of legislation finally allowing the executive branch to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Witt is ready to tell her story with co-writer Tim Connor in an upcoming memoir, TELL: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights, on sale Oct. 3, 2017.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1993 Margie Witt was a young Air Force nurse chosen as the face of the "Crossing into the Blue" recruitment campaign. This was the same year President Clinton's plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as Don't Ask Don't Tell. Contrary to its intent, DADT had the perverse effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and women to fight expulsion, and over the next 17 years more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, marines, and coast guards were removed from military service. That is, until Margie Witt's landmark case put a stop to it. TELL: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tripping Point for Gay Rights is a memoir of the decorated US Air Force officer whose case overturned the ban on gays in the military.

TELL is the riveting chronicle of Major Margaret Witt's decorated military career and dedication as a front-line flight nurse, and of her love and devotion to her partner ( now wife ) Laurie Johnson. Tell captures the tension and drama of a politically-charged legal battle that directly led to the Congressional repeal of the controversial law, and helped pave the way for the suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights that followed.

TELL is a personal account and detailed explanation of the end of DADT. What's luminous about this story is the joyful resolve of Margie and Laurie, and how that ultimately inspires and sustains all the other people in their story. Judge Leighton originally ruled against Witt, but it was her personal story and the love and sup­port of her family that changed his mind. "He knew his decision would have historic ramifications," writes Witt. "But beyond the historic importance, the judge recog­nized the transformative power of love and how one person's passion for justice can elevate us all."

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Major Margaret Witt is a decorated twenty-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She is currently a rehabilitation supervisor for the Portland VA Health Care System in Portland, Oregon.

Tim Connor is an investigative reporter specializing in legal and science journalism.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

BOOK REVIEW 'You're in the Wrong Bathroom!' And 20 Other Myths... 2017-10-17 - By Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R $16; Beacon Press; 182 pages In 2017, a book about ...


Gay News

BOOKS New collection shows spectrum of LGBTQ talent 2017-10-17 - When Kathleen Archambeau started planning out the collection of profiles that would become Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons, and Everyday Heroes, she ...


Gay News

THE AMAZON TRAIL Happy hours 2017-10-11 - One day, out of the blue, I received an email from well-respected writer Renee Bess. In her thoughtful, elegant style, she asked if ...


Gay News

Sandberg Awards Oct. 11 at The Forum 2017-10-09 - The Chicago Public Library Foundation and Chicago Public Library will present the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards to best-selling authors Margaret Atwood ( ...


Gay News

Author of trans-focused children's book opens Safe Schools Symposium 2017-10-09 - Giving the morning keynote at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance's inaugural Symposium on Oct. 9, author Alex Gino acknowledged, "2017 is complicated as A.F. ...


Gay News

BOOKS Self-made woman: Talking with Denise Chanterelle Dubois 2017-10-09 - Milwaukee-born transgender actress and businesswoman Denise Chanterelle Dubois has penned a frank and fearless new memoir entitled, Self-Made Woman about her long journey ...


Gay News

MOMBIAN Showcasing images, experiences of people with LGBTQ parents 2017-10-04 - Award-winning photographer Gabriela Herman knew that for her new book, The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in the USA, "the images would ...


Gay News

BOOKS New memoir reveals Armistead Maupin's true tales of the city 2017-10-04 - Armistead Maupin spent four decades creating memorable characters in his Tales of the City novels but it's real-life individuals like Rock Hudson that ...


Gay News

BOOK REVIEW The Gay Preacher's Wife 2017-10-03 - By Lydia Meredith. $16; Gallery Books; 244 pages The flowers were a very nice touch. They greeted you from ...


Gay News

Kenny Fries and Susan Nussbaum at Access Living Oct. 12 2017-10-03 - Access Living hosts "A Reading by Kenny Fries and Conversation with Susan Nussbaum" Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., 115 W. Chicago Ave. ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.