Soldier of Change

Soldier of Change

From the Closet to the Forefront of the Gay Rights Movement

By Stephen Snyder-Hill; George Takei (Foreword by)

Potomac Books, Hardcover, 9781612346977, 198pp.

Publication Date: September 2014


When Don t Ask, Don t Tell, the official U.S. policy on gays serving in the military, was repealed in September 2011, soldier Stephen Snyder-Hill (then Captain Hill) was serving in Iraq. Having endured years of this policy, which passively encouraged a culture of fear and secrecy for gay soldiers, Snyder-Hill submitted a video to a Republican primary debate held two days after the repeal. In the video he asked for the Republicans thoughts regarding the repeal and their plans, if any, to extend spousal benefits to legally married gay and lesbian soldiers. His video was booed by the audience on national television.

"Soldier of Change" captures not only the media frenzy that followed that moment, placing Snyder-Hill at the forefront of this modern civil rights movement, but also his twenty-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. Since that time, Snyder-Hill has traveled the country with his husband, giving interviews on major news networks and speaking at universities, community centers, and pride parades, a champion of LGBT equality.

About the Author
Stephen Snyder-Hill joined the military in 1988 and served nearly three years on active duty in Germany, and fought in the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait before his honorable discharge in 1996. He reenlisted in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn in 2010.

George Takei is an actor, and activist for LGBT equality.