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Author Presents ‘Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement’ November 20

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    SoldierofChangeU.S. Army Major Stephen Snyder-Hill, who was booed by a national television audience over his timely question about gays serving in the military, will discuss his new book, Soldier of Change: From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 at the Student Activities Center’s Activities North and South rooms.

    Days after the U.S.’s  “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military was repealed in 2011, Snyder-Hill, who was stationed in Iraq at the time, asked Republican presidential candidates, via video tape, whether they would reinstate the policy if elected. Aired at a nationally televised primary debate, his video was loudly booed by the audience. Soldier of Change chronicles not only the media frenzy that followed that moment but Snyder-Hill’s 20-year journey as a gay man in the army: from self-loathing to self-acceptance to the most important battle of his life—protecting the disenfranchised.

    Soldier of Change, which was edited by UM’s Meredith Camel, editorial director in the Office of Communications and Marketing, will be on sale at a reception and book signing following Snyder-Hill’s presentation.

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