Gays in the Military
Vincent Cianni is a documentary photographer whose work explores community, memory, and social justice through image, text and audio. Cianni holds an MFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz and teaches at Parsons, The New School for Design in NYC. Cianni will discuss his book, Gays in the Military, published by Daylight Books and featured in the New York Times and The Katie Couric Show. A visual and audio investigation into the effects and aftermath of the military’s gay ban on lives and careers of LGBT service members, Gays in the Military focuses on the individual stories of discrimination, harassment and civil and human rights abuses by service members who represent thousands of men and women who have suffered from – or have risen above - these injustices. Although “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) - implemented in 1993 during the Clinton administration - has been repealed, there have been considerable effects from the ban on gays in the military over the years.