“ … a riveting first-hand account of a shameful time in our recent history when courageous men like Smith were forced to serve their country in silence”. – Keith Boykins, New York Times bestselling author
On January 14th, 2014- In “Closest, Combat and Coming Out” was the first gay memoir published by DADT better known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Army. This was also the first Iraq memoir written by an African American. Robert Smith, Author Activist comes to term with his sexuality against the conditions of the “masculine” United States Army.
At just age 17, Smith had to experience the brutal Infantry Basic Training as a chubby off the bus homosexual. During this stage Smith battled isolation, paranoia and suicide while remaining closeted to many but a few of his colleagues. During his first day of duty stations, he finds himself in dangerous territory military personal fronts. The United States declares war and his unit is one of the first to get called in.
Smith exposes more than his personal experience as a gay military man. He reveals numerous of other homosexual who are battling every day for the equality within the military. The United States still do not have a nondiscrimination policy in regards to sexual orientation. Thousands of soldiers who were dishonorable have been discharged from DADT remain stripped from their hard worked benefits. “ Closest, Combat and Coming Out” reveals hard evidence of personal life changes within the United States military. Rob Smith openly 5 year gay veteran, writer, lecturer and LGBT activist take his time to express this live changing experience.