SURVIVING THE SILENCE

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Available on 10/11/2020 6am
Years before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Colonel Patsy Thompson was forced to expel Army hero Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer for being a lesbian. What no one knew was that Thompson was as well. The way Thompson handled the military trial, however, led to Cammermeyer’s re-instatement via federal court and eventual change in military policy. While Cammermeyer’s memoir was adapted as a 1995 television movie by Barbra Streisand, Thompson’s story remained a secret...until now. In addition to revealing history, SURVIVING THE SILENCE explores Thompson’s life with now-wife Barbara Brass. They candidly share how they wrestled with heart- wrenching choices in public and in private, hiding their relationship, and struggling to protect their love while preserving Patsy's career – and, how they emerged to become vibrant activists later in life.

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