Meet Gay Marines Tonight in New York
At the West Village destination, gay Marine veterans take to the stage to read from their published works. The all-star lineup includes the notorious Rich Merritt, who made waves with his memoir Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star, Justin Elzie who first outed himself in 1993 on Peter Jennings' ABC news show while still an active duty servicemember, Evelyn Thompson who was discharged after an investigation in 1991, and Stout, who recently penned an open letter criticizing new Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Amos’s public statements opposing the repeal of DADT; Stout's letter inspired an interview from The Military Times, which is slated for publication next week.
Find out more about the event and the participants' work below.
Wednesday, November 17th 6:30pm
208 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011
Rich Merritt – Veteran Marine Corps officer, he was featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine on June 28, 1998, in an article titled: “Uniforms In The Closet: The Shadow Life Of a Gay Marine.” He is the author of Secrets Of A Gay Marine Porn Star and Code of Conduct.
Justin Crockett Elzie – Veteran Marine Corps NCO, in January 1993 he came out on ABC Evening News and was the first Marine and servicemember in the United States military to be discharged under "don’t ask, don’t tell" and later reinstated where upon he served 4 years openly gay from 1993 to 1997 when he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. He is the author of Playing By the Rules.
Evelyn Thomas – Former Marine Corps NCO, she was a Baker in the Marine Corps. She was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and went through an investigation in 1991. She was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. She is the author of Does Butch Nappy Hair Offend You? One Teacher’s Struggle for Acceptance in the Professional World of Education.
Brett Edward Stout – Veteran Marine Corps NCO, he joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18 where he studied Russian at the renowned Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. After attending a secondary school in Texas he was stationed at Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, as a Russian cryptologic-linguist and weapons marksmanship instructor before being honorably discharged in 2002. He is the author of Sugar-baby Bridge, columnist for ACCESSline Iowa, and a Gay.com Staff Writer.
Admission is $10 at the door. Afterward there will be a discussion panel led by Tanya Domi. Find out more!