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Allan Berube

Born: Dec 3, 1946

Death: Dec 11, 2007

Birthplace: Springfield

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Allan Berube

Date of Birth : Dec 3, 1946
Date of Death : Dec 11, 2007
Birth Place : Springfield

Allan Ronald Berube was an American historian, activist, independent scholar, self-described "community-based" researcher and college drop-out, and award-winning author, best known for his research and writing about homosexual members of the American Armed Forces during World War II. He also wrote essays about the intersection of class and race in gay culture, and about growing up in a poor, working-class family, his French-Canadian roots, and about his experience of anti-AIDS activism. Among Berube's published works was the 1990 book Coming Out Under Fire, which examined the stories of gay men and women in the U.S. military between 1941 and 1945. The book used interviews with gay veterans, government documents, and other sources to discuss the social and political issues that faced over 9,000 servicemen and women during World War II. The book earned Berube the Lambda Literary Award for outstanding Gay Men's Nonfiction book of 1990 and was later adapted as a film in 1994, narrated by Salome Jens and Max Cole, with a screenplay by Berube and the film's director, Arthur Dong. The film received a Peabody Award for excellence in documentary media in 1995.


  • Writer
  • Historian

Also known as

  • Allan Berube

Awards Won

  • MacArthur Fellowship
  • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men''s Nonfiction
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