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EXCLUSIVE Preview: 'The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 19th 2011 7:00PM
The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't TellOn Tues., Sept. 20, U.S. history will be made: The government is repealing "Don't ask, don't tell," its official policy that barred openly gay homosexuals from serving in the military.

Enacted in 1993, the policy mandated that military officials not ask or require members to reveal their sexual orientation. If members revealed their homosexuality, they could be discharged.

As the discriminatory ban becomes history, HBO is taking a look back at its creation and dissolution in 'The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (premieres Mon., Sept. 19 at midnight, re-airing Tues., Sept. 20, 8PM ET).

Filmed during the final 15 months of the law, 'The Strange History' was directed by Emmy winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. The special documentary uses news footage woven together with interviews from policy experts, key players and testimonial from actively serving gay soldiers. The soldiers will have their faces obscured since speaking about their sexual orientation violates Don't ask, don't tell.

Below, preview the personal accounts from actively serving soldiers.



'The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell' debuts Sept. 19 at midnight, followed by a replay Tues., Sept. 20, 8PM ET on HBO

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