The Untold Story of the Gay Men Whos Served in Two World Wars
I B Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2017
In this astonishing new history of wartime Britain, historian Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and at home, and brings to light the great unheralded contribution they made to the war effort. Fighting Proud weaves together the remarkable lives of these men, from RAF hero Ian Gleed – a Flying Ace twice honoured for bravery by King George VI – to the many stories of love and courage in Blitzed-out London. Fighting Proud also includes a wealth of long-suppressed wartime photographs. This lively and uplifting book is a monument to the bravery, sacrifice and honour shown by a persecuted minority, who contributed during Britain’s hour of need.
‘Engaging and heartfelt…highly readable’ – BBC History Magazine
‘An excellent book…I hope it encourages readers to share LGBT stories within their own families. I couldn’t stop reading’ – Soldier Magazine
‘Compelling’ – Gay Times
‘Touching, often funny and inspiring…the stories in Fighting Proud are poignant and powerful’ – Attitude Magazine