The DO ASK DO TELL (A GAY CONSERVATIVE LASHES BACK) and OUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS books

The two books offered by High Productivity Publishing are as follows:

Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back; Individualism, Identity, Personal Rights, Responsibility and Community in a Libertarian Third Millennium (was ISBN 0-9656744-0-1)  now iUniverse  0-595-00583-7

Our Fundamental Rights and How We Can Reclaim Them: A Psychological Approach

(ISBN 0-9656744-2-8)

To browse the text of these books, visit the access link

To see summaries of Do Ask Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back, see:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

For notes on book's organization.

To obtain these books (or obtain Library of Congress information), visit the obtain link

It's important to note that these are self-published books. Both were professionally proofed and typeset, and the lengthy DADT book was reviewed by a professional editor, a process which resulted in many organizational changes. 

There has been some controversy about the credibility of self-publishing, but there are some situations where it is the only reasonable way to present new content to the public. In DADT, I wanted to combine material from several different intellectual disciplines, not normally perceived as related, and weave all of this together with some personal narrative. Rather than focusing on a narrow legal, social or political issue from one point of view (as is often the case in conventional academic press publishing), DADT crosses such territories as constitutional law, fundamental rights, discrimination, individualism, psychological growth, "family values," religious perspectives, and "moral aesthetic realism."  All of this subject matter is germane and essential to making a convincing argument for something like a Bill of Rights 2. This would be difficult to do profitably with conventional commercial or even university publishing.  

The DADT and OFR books are listed in various catalogs:

    http://catalog.loc.gov/   (Lobrary of Congress)

    http://www.amazon.com/

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

  (RR Bowker Books in Print)

    Books in Print (starting in 1998 for DADT, 1999 for OFR) 

The "Do Ask, Do Tell" Slogan

In the perception of the public, the phrase or slogan, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" derives from the "compromise" position ("Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue") "worked out" by Congress and President Clinton in 1993 regarding homosexuals in the military.  

From the DADT Bibliography: Page 338. The Powers-Ellis book A Manager's Guide to Sexual Orientation in the Workplace (New York and London: Routledge, 1995, ISBN 0-415-91277-6 LOC call HD6285.P65 ) advertises itself with a red campaign-button containing the slogan "Do Ask Do Tell" on the spine and back cover (in the hardcover edition, on the dusk jacket). At the end of Chapter 1, there is a brief aphorism called "DO ASK! DO TELL!" in which the "outing" of the gay community to the mainstream because of the coincidental "tragedy and travesty" of the AIDS epidemic and the military gay ban debate. The book did NOT include this slogan in its ISBN title, and please do not confuse it with mine! As indicated from the book's front-cover header, "101 Ways to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive," the book is targeted towards corporate human resources departments. The book does contain a lot of personal testimonials.

Powers and Ellis have published a second book, A Family and Friend's Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridging the Divide Between Gay and Straight (Routledge, 1996). I  have only very recently found and purchased a copy of this book. The opening section, "Getting Started," and closing "101 Steps on the Road to Acceptance" do mention the "Do Ask, Do Tell" concept, both respect to a large number of personal accounts presented and also with respect to red and white "Do Ask Do Tell" buttons or stickers that have been available, in gay bookstores and facilities.  I have not personally seen these; in any case they do not seem to be nearly as common as pink-triangles and, especially, rainbow flags and banners.   

Servicemembers' Legal Defense Network, a watchdog legall assistance group for members of the military affected by the "don't ask, don't tell" policy (http://www.sldn.org) provides dog-tags which read "Do Ask Do Tell" on one side and "Say Nothing, Sign Nothing" on the reverse.  

A "Do Ask Do Tell" film might well include material (such as re-enactment scenes or discussion among parties, but probably not just "interviews" and vaulted film clips or film strips) from some of the personal accounts in these and other similar books (such as several major books authored by litigants against the military gay ban, listed in my bibliography and supplemental bibliography). 

A few years ago, HBO presented (mainly only on its own cable stations) a 150-minute rendition of Randy Shilts's monumental And the Band Played On (St. Martin's).  There has been talk of doing his Conduct Unbecoming (on gays and lesbians in the United States military) in a similar manner (perhaps a series) but I have never heard anything concrete. (SLDN uses the "Conduct Unbecoming" title for its Annual Report books.) There is new film-making technology (such as FireWire) becoming available that will create opportunities for film-making entrepreneurs beyond what we now see from independent film makers and independent studios. So somehow, the idea of a bold film on all this -- freedom, responsibility, with the military a cornerstone for the narrative -- must take hold.