New marketing campaign set for 'Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back'

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Friday, June 9, 2023 at 5:00am UTC

New marketing campaign set for 'Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back'

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Published book discusses a maze of arguments and issues that bear on individual rights and responsibilities

ARLINGTON, Va., June 9, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- In 1993, when President Bill Clinton proposed lifting the ban on gays in the military, many members of Congress objected, resulting eventually in a compromise known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," codified into law in December 1993. Bill Boushka noticed a striking parallel between these arguments (about "privacy" in the barracks) and the circumstances of his expulsion from William and Mary as a freshman with scholarship in November of 1961.

Set for a new marketing campaign, "Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back" (published by iUniverse in August 2000) walks the reader though the incredible maze of arguments and issues that bear on individual rights and responsibilities. Here, Boushka provides his own detailed perspectives on many sensitive issues such as sexual orientation, race, religious faith, and cultural identity. He presents his own expulsion from college for admitting "being gay" and his own subsequent and unusual stint of military service during the Vietnam War years.

An excerpt from the book reads:

For America to publicly and visibly commit itself to two congruent principles -- a clear line to fence out government intervention in private lives, and a consistent cultural imperative to personal responsibility and commitment -- would set a good example for the rest of the world which, given our rejoicing over the end of the Cold War which so shaped my life, seems as dangerous and unstable as ever

"The most striking aspect of this book is the narrative of how military values and external politics affected individual rights in previous generations (from the 1950s until the 1990s).My experience happened in a civilian area (college) and exposes parallels between military and civilian lives that are more significant than what most people usually perceive," Boushka says. When asked what he wants readers to take away from the book, he answers, "For people to remember that any policy that regulates or favors certain personal behaviors will prove disadvantageous to some individual people, however laudable the group (or perhaps nation or ethnicity) being favored believes its goals." For more details about the book, please visit

"Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back"
By Bill Boushka
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 584 pages | ISBN 9780595005833
E-Book | 584 pages | ISBN 9781469758442
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Bill Boushka is a libertarian activist and gay conservative freelance writer. He was born in 1943 and raised as an only child in Arlington, Virginia. He became a good student and started piano at age 8. However, he fell behind in physical and social development. He was expelled from college after saying that he was gay in late 1961. Nevertheless, he graduated from another school, earned an Master of Arts in mathematics, and was drafted for military service in 1968. When the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy emerged in 1993, he leveraged his own irony to become a writer and blogger.

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