Rob Smith: "Confessions of a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Soldier"

Rob Smith is a gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, and author of "Confessions of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and the War in Iraq".

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Rob is a young black man coming to terms with his sexuality amid the backdrop of a sometimes homophobic and hyper-masculine U.S. Army. After surviving the notoriously brutal Infantry basic training, and simultaneously remaining closeted to all but a few of his colleagues at his first duty station, he is thrown into dangerous territory when the United States declares war on Iraq and his unit is one of the first called in. Deftly navigating the intersections of race, sexuality, and public policy, "Confessions of a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Soldier" is alternately thought-provoking, humorous, and harrowing. Rob's experience offers a ground-level view of life on the front lines of race and sexuality in the United States military, in an unforgettable gay coming-of-age story — with a military twist.