Through interviews with active duty, reserve, and retired soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines, "Secret Service" underscores what people in uniform at both the highest and lowest echelons already know: Lesbians (and gay men) serve and have served proudly and well in all branches of the American armed forces (and openly in the militaries of many of our allies).
These women - nurses, clerks, commanders, mechanics and artillerymen - are part of an extraordinary community of dedicated professionals whose commitment extends above and beyond. They are smart. They are skilled. They are lesbian. That fact alone – more than a decade after the start of "don't ask, don't tell" - still means discharge.
And the pricetag of prejudice? Conservatively, more than a quarter of a billion dollars in the last decade alone, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
"Secret Service" was featured on C-SPAN’s "Book TV," was an NPR 2005 Summer Reading Pick, and is a 2005 finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Best Gay & Lesbian Book of the Year Award.