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May 25 2016
Military Grade: A Gay Kid's Decision To Join The Marines Inspires Cautionary Coming-Of-Age Tome Comments (0)

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Greg Cope White sent me his book and I'm engrossed in it so far. It's about, well, let me allow him to pitch it:

When Greg Cope White’s best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.”

Despite dire warnings from his friend, Greg vows to join him in recruit training. He is eighteen, underweight, he’s never run a mile—and he is gay.

It’s long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and with no LGBT rights in place in most states, and the Marines having a very definite expulsion policy in place for gay people when it comes to military personnel, will Greg even survive? He's Mormon, he's never felt a true home, and with our knowing it, the military is the best place he could be. 

The Pink Marine is the story—full of hilarity and heartbreak—of how a teenage boy who struggles with self-acceptance and his sexuality and doesn’t fit the traditional definition of manliness finds acceptance and self-worth in Marine Corps boot camp.
This could be a synopsis of some nightmares I've had. For more details, check it out here.