Our Hearts Were Khaki and Gay


Non-Fiction - Memoir
222 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2013
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Reviewed by Amanda Garner for Readers' Favorite

Author Jim Haskins displays an incredible amount of courage and determination in "Our Hearts were Khaki and Gay"’ Back in 1950, openly admitting you were gay was unheard of. Then, compound it with the fact that he was also serving for the U.S. armed forces during World War II, a time when the ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell’ policy was not in place. It was career suicide. Yet somehow, he found the courage to not hide, but shine. He uses his talents to brighten and entertain all those around him. No matter what difficult situation he was in, he kept his head high, an admirable trait everyone could benefit from. If you are thinking about coming out, the author invites you to join him in his own personal journey where you too may find the courage, perseverance, and self-acceptance that author Jim Haskins displays for all to see.

I think in "Our Hearts were Khaki and Gay" you will find inspiration, motivation, and the recipe for acceptance of one’s true self. Even if you are not gay you can learn important life lessons such as courage, acceptance, and motivation to embrace your true self, and no matter what you go through you can proudly hold your head high knowing you are the best you can be. I loved how Jim was fearless in the face of adversity. He never pretended to be anything he wasn’t. I applaud the author for being so open. It is hard to subject yourself to criticism and judgment and yet once again he displays his bravery. Kudos, Jim Haskins, I wish you all the best.