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Here's What We'll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force…

by Reichen Lehmkuhl

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The author, who was a co-winner of the second Amazing Race, tells the story of his childhood and the years he spent as a cadet at the Air Force Academy. Much of the book relates the difficulties he faced as he came to acknowledge his sexuality in the military school environment in which he could not be open about who he was. The story ends with the author's graduation from the Academy. While the author's story is interesting, this is one of the worst-edited books I have ever attempted to read. The author was done a great disservice by such poor editing. ( )
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Reichen Lehmkuhl was playing the role of his life while in the Air Force. Not wanting to face a court martial for being gay, he had to live in a world where he had to watch everything he did and said for fear of being outed; and in another world where he was free to be himself. “One of the hardest things for me to reconcile was the fact that I was completely open with my family and friends but faced the very real possibility of being court martialed and going to jail if I was open with my 'work' colleagues.” As Reichen explains, “The don’t ask don’t tell policy is so contradictory to what the Air Force and all the armed forces stand for ... but they force you to lie in order to serve your country.” It was the contradictions which led Reichen to leave the Air Force once he completed his commitment.

Happenstance brought Reichen to meet a friend at a Los Angeles restaurant where he was approached by the casting director for “The Amazing Race.” Reichen believes his military training was extremely helpful in his winning the show’s million dollar prize.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:59 -0400)

Lehmkuhl, former Air Force captain and winner of CBS Television's The Amazing Race, tells his provocative personal story. This book describes the trials Lehmkuhl faced pursuing a career in the military and hiding his sexuality from his peers while finding refuge in a secret society of gay cadets, before coming into his own as a television personality and a new voice for gay rights.--From publisher description.… (more)

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