Fit to Serve

Reflections on a Secret Life, Private Struggle, and Public Battle to Become the First Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador
Product Number: EB00743523
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781628731798
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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"A great American story"-The memoir of a man who went from a small Midwestern town to being the first openly gay US ambassador (Richard North Patterson). James C. Hormel grew up feeling different not only because his family owned the Hormel "empire," but because he was gay in a small Midwest town at a time when homosexuality was not discussed or accepted. While he outwardly tried to live the life that was expected of him, Hormel could not hide his true self forever. In the 1960s, Hormel moved to New York City. There he became an antiwar activist, battled homophobia, lost friends to AIDS, and set out to become America's first openly gay ambassador. He finally won the position during the Clinton administration. Since then, Hormel has continued to fight for LGBTQ equality and gay marriage rights. Fit to Serve "is a refreshing reminder of the power of the individual in America. This book documents that a person driven by the courage of his or her convictions can still push the world to become a fairer, more equal place" (Nancy Pelosi).

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