Unfriendly Fire
How the gay ban undermines the military and weakens America

“Accountability and DADT”

December 21st, 2011

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Nathaniel Calls on President Obama to Speed Repeal

February 22nd, 2010

Read it here at Huffington Post.

See additional coverage of Nathaniel’s post at: Read the rest of this entry »

Gay Troop and the Trouble with Polls

February 12th, 2010

Remember the major poll taken of enlisted personnel asking them if they felt like invading Iraq? The one that political leaders and military brass used to decide if they should pull the trigger or not? No, because there wasn’t one. Sure, the military takes the temperature of its troops to help ensure that whatever action its top-down command structure orders is carried out as effectively as possible. But only when it comes to the equal treatment of gays and lesbians does our country see fit to dole out rights to an oppressed minority by asking permission of the oppressing majority. Read the rest of this entry »

Nathaniel Debates Tony Perkins, of Family Research Council, on CNN

February 3rd, 2010

Watch the debate here.

“Unfriendly Fire” Wins ALA’s Stonewall Book Award

January 21st, 2010

The American Library Association announced this week that “Unfriendly Fire” has won its prestigious Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction. Read more here.

Refuting the Latest Arguments Against Gay Troops

November 6th, 2009

A reader helpfully reminded me today that I promised a follow-up post to my radio debate with James Bowman: a point-by-point refutation of Bowman’s failed attempt to revive the old “unit cohesion” argument against gay troops. I did write the post but posted it on Huffington, forgetting to cross-post here. So here is the link to that post, from Oct. 20. Thanks, Tony K. for the reminder!

Link to Huffington Post

We’re All Cornhuskers Now

October 24th, 2009

When I told people where I was going this weekend to address the student LGBTQA Center’s 7th annual dinner for LGBTQ History Month, everyone raised an eyebrow: “Nebraska??” In truth, I raised my own internal eyebrow Read the rest of this entry »

Listen to Nathaniel debating DADT on NPR’s “To The Point”

October 14th, 2009

Click on “listen” here. I debated James Bowman who, in a recent Weekly Standard article, argues that the U.S. should not lift the ban on openly gay service because it would undercut notions of masculine honor that ensure combat motivation and cohesion. He begins talking around the 15-minute mark and I begin around the 20-minute mark. Look for a forthcoming blog post where I’ll provide a point-by-point refutation of Bowman’s failed attempt to revive the old “unit cohesion” argument–moral animus dressed up in the banner of national security.

Nathaniel on the McGlaughlin Group

September 22nd, 2009

McGlaughlin Group clip

Nathaniel Frank appeared recently on Al Jazeera

August 19th, 2009

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