News and Sexuality: Media Portraits of Diversity is a practical teaching tool that addresses complex and often controversial issues in an engaging and accessible manner for journalism students. Edited by Laura Castañeda and Shannon B. Campbell, this volume contains original material written for this text that equips students with the general knowledge of sexual diversity needed by today’s journalists. This comprehensive text includes the history of media coverage of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex issues and covers important contemporary topics in the news that range from cross-dressing to AIDS to same-sex marriage.
Chapter 10: Media Coverage of the U.S. Ban on Gays in the Military
Media Coverage of the U.S. Ban on Gays in the Military
In its first 150 years, the United States military did not officially exclude or discharge gay men or lesbians because of their sexual orientation. Sodomy, however, was considered a crime as early as the Revolutionary War, and Lt. ...