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This documentary explores the story of two women in love who are surviving the demands of a closeted military career when one is forced to expel an Army hero for being a lesbian. The way she does it, however, leads to re-instatement and eventual change in military policy.


Years before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Col Pat Thompson presided over the board that dismissed Col Margarethe Cammermeyer for being a lesbian, forcing her to confront her own secret and moral dilemma: she too was a lesbian. Cammermeyer’s memoir was adapted as a 1995 TV movie by Barbra Streisand, but Thompson’s story remained a secret...until now.


The film also explores Thompson’s life before the trial: traditions that influence her, experiences that shape her and the moral code that determines the inevitability of her actions. She and her wife Barbara Brass candidly share how they hid their relationship, struggling to protect their love while preserving Thompson's career – and, how they emerged from the closet to become vibrant activists later in life.

Also appearing are Mary Newcombe, Cammermeyer’s attorney, who describes knowing the foregone outcome of the military trial and developing a plan for the civil trials, and Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the Army, who offers a unique perspective of the role Cammermeyer and Thompson played, having worked in the Defense Department first as a closeted and then openly gay man, before, during and after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

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    80 minutes
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    United States
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  • Director
    Cindy L. Abel
  • Screenwriter
    Cindy L. Abel, Jesse Freeman
  • Producer
    Cindy L. Abel, Marc Smolowitz