Bil Browning

Contest: Enter to win Jeff Sheng's new photobook

Filed By Bil Browning | January 31, 2010 7:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, gay military, gay soldiers, Jeff Sheng, photo series, photobook, servicemembers

We've got a special treat for Projectors today... Contributor Jeff Sheng has been previewing photos from his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" series on TBP, but now his first book has been released. To help Jeff celebrate the new book, we're going to give a copy to 5 lucky readers.

DADTbook-cover-b.jpgDon't Ask, Don't Tell, Volume 1 is the first book from Jeff's DADT series. I've seen an advance copy and it is visually stunning. Since servicemembers photographed for the series could be dismissed for coming out, none of the photos show the soldiers' faces. The names and locations are faked to protect their privacy too.

The photos of the darkened soldiers serving in quiet pain is one of the most disturbing and heartwrenching things you'll ever lay eyes on. You. Want. This. Book.

To win, just leave a comment below. You can only enter once and the contest will close Sunday, January 31 at midnight Eastern time. Retail value is $30, but if you just can't wait a week to see if you've won, the first 500 copies ordered through his site will save $5. (And if you donate some extra coins to the project, he'll autograph your book!)

Photos from the book after the jump.




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I will probably order this book, regardless of if I win the contest that you have going on. It looks like a must read for anyone concerned with DADT.

The subject matter is near and dear to my life and experience.

Powerful stuff!
Finally gives a human face to the 'monsters'portrayed by bigots.

K. Travis Ballie | January 27, 2010 5:08 PM

Huge fan of the book!

I am a huge photography fan, this book would be amazing for my collection, and for me to learn and grow from. It would also be amazing to see. It's a sad subject, but you never really see what these soldiers go through, having to stay closeted, so I would love to have a copy.

"You can only enter once and the contest will close Sunday, February March 31"

I think you have a typo. :]

I definitely want this. I will probably end up buying copies to give to friends.

I am very excited about this book. From the previews I have seen here I would be willing to buy it even if I were not to win. I think this would be a good book to have out to show guest who visit. Powerful imagery.

Travis Siems | January 27, 2010 5:32 PM

My husband and I have been together for 15 years and legally married since Nov. 1, 2008 in California. Greg is retired Air-Force and served the United States for 10 years. I'm very excited to see the publication. All the best Jeff!

Would love to get a copy of this book and share it with some of my friends and baby brother and "adopted' son whom are gay and currently serving in the Air Force.

Looks like a very cool project. I would love to have it.

I'll try for a win, then if I don't, I'll just order it. Thanks!

As a gay LGBT documentary photographer myself, I have enormous respect for Mr. Sheng's work- from 'Fearless' on to this DADT-centric book.

If you're reading this Jeff, I'd love to assist if you ever need an extra pair of hands. Do you take on interns?

All the best,

Wilson46201 | January 27, 2010 5:59 PM

I'd like one !

Bib fan of Jeff! Everyone should also check out his other photo project about out gay student athletes.

I love that picture!

Actually, this book is history itself. It shows that in a 'free' America, there is still hatred, prejudice and fear of specific minorities with in the US Armed Forces.

What I would like to see next is a book on Transgender Service Members. Either active, reserve, retired or former…

If DADT is repealed, will there be a follow on book showing these people’s faces?

walterscott | January 27, 2010 6:59 PM

these photos look awesome!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS! You're a winner! Please e-mail to claim your prize.

wow. What a poignant book.

Gotta have one! HOOAH!

As a psychologist who wants to serve my country it breaks my heart to see such conflicted individuals whose problems stem solely from a desire to live authentically. There is nothing I want more than to help those who have fought for my freedom, but I won't subject myself to the same cruel double standard that these men and women have endured.

I hope that someday both those soldiers and myself can serve our country openly.

I would absolutely love a copy! This looks absolutely fantastic.

Jeff, I am so excited to see your book come out. I have been a big supporter of repealing DADT. This issues directly effects my family and so many others. Thank you for bring awareness to this issue.

congrats Jeff on the new book! I was just giving a presentation to student athletes on and we talked about your work!

Hope to see folks in Dallas!

Good luck everyone! Looking forward to reading this. It'll be interesting to see how the President fulfills his SOTU promise regarding DADT.

Awesome!!!! I would just buy it but I'm one of those broke, in-debt college kids "O" spoke about. Too bad I couldn't join ROTC and get a full ride plus a monthly allowance.

dharmapupil | January 28, 2010 3:20 AM

If I win I will see that my small local GLBT center (San Luis Obispo, CA) gets it - after I devour it myself!

dharmapupil | January 28, 2010 3:21 AM

If I win I will see that my small local GLBT center (San Luis Obispo, CA) gets it - after I devour it myself!

Perfect for our coffee table. The husband unit and I both come from families with a strong tradition of serving, but we both knew it would be almost impossible. These men and women have the extraordinary courage to serve with extra baggage and need to be celebrated.

CONGRATULATIONS! You're a winner! Please e-mail to claim your prize.

This intrigues me to no end. I'd love a copy of it for my girlfriend, who is entering the Air Force soon...

Jonathan Pangelinan Cabrera | January 28, 2010 4:41 AM

Even if I don't win, I'm going to purchase this book for myself and for my brother who is in the US Marine Corps.

I hope I win. Winning is fun.

Sign me up! I promise to put the book on my coffee table for a month or two to impress my pals - and then I'll donate it to our local gay center. Thanks....

ND Mitchell | January 28, 2010 9:55 AM

Just looking at the preview photos, I can tell this book is definitely a jaw-dropper! Being a former Navy Sailor, I say to Jeff Sheng..BZ (Bravo Zulu) to you! Can't wait for Volume 2..

Rikki Swedhin | January 28, 2010 10:21 AM

This is coming out at a great time, especially since President Obama stated he wants to end DADT! I wonder if this will help the cause? Do you think that each one of our representatives as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff should have one in their library?

I am really looking forward to this book. I will get a copy one way or another. History is being written and I want a piece of it.

This book couldn't be anymore timely!

Absolutely gorgeous work, especially the cover photo. I'll have to leave it with my school library when I graduate if I win one :)

Looks like a great book! I'll definitely be picking up a copy if I don't win it.

Seems like a very interesting book. Would love to have it.

What a beautiful tribute. I am so glad that this book is out because it puts a face to all those that are effected by this terrible policy. We are not talking about abstracts, we are talking about real live flesh and blood human beings.

Congratulations, Jeff, on sticking with a book project all the way through to publication. There are no substitutes for persistence, commitment and dedication. (Well, the is one ... you can pay to have your book ghost-written. But Jeff didn't do that!)

I would like a copy, thank you very much.

L Bradley Prevatt | January 28, 2010 12:38 PM

This book sounds so awesome and I live in a military town so I know many guys who have to live with Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Can't wait for my eyes to feast on it.

Hello - this book looks amazing. I am glad that a visual and written document will now exist that chronicles the experiences of men and women serving under DADT.

Our courageous soldiers have to hide their faces and other identifying information in the book and their sexual orientation and gender identity in real life. Such a shame.

hmmm another book i may have to buy

and another book shelf we'll see

CONGRATULATIONS! You're a winner! Please e-mail to claim your prize.

If I get the money to buy this I fully intend to show it to everyone I know. Powerful material, that's the best I can think of to describe it.

Looks like a great book! Winning it would be great, but I'd consider buying it as well. :)

Gene Elder here. I am the Archives Director for the HAPPY Foundation, our GayBLT history archives here in San Antonio, and located next to the Alamo, in the historic Bonham Exchange Building.
Since this is a military town and I do not have the resources to purchase all the books there are out there, I would appreciate having a copy donated to our archives.
Gene Elder
Archives Director
411 Bonham
San Antonio, Texas, 78205
office 210 227-6451 Wed, Thurs Friday

Also, you will be glad to know that Arthur "Happy" Veltman and I fought the military to keep them from putting our gay disco off limits in 1973.
Hap died in 1988 from AIDS. We named the Archives after him.
And remember: "Art, like the Alamo, has to draw the line somewhere."

From what I have seen so far, the book looks awesome. Truly a piece of art and great social commentary. Powerful images.

Will prove to be a valuable part of our history - the road to equality.
Thank you.

Pick me!!!
This book sounds amazing... my whole family is in the Army and this is the exact reason I didn't follow in their footsteps... afraid of having to live this secret life.

The images remind me how much our culture and institutions use every means available to attempt to inculcate shame upon LGBT people. I hope these images can have the same affect on the policymakers.

michael verhoef | January 29, 2010 2:13 AM

this is such a beautiful project - congratulations! :)

Interesting idea for a book! I will have to buy one of these if I don't win.

This sounds amazing. Yeah, I definitely want this book.

Sign me up! Looking forward to seeing the work.

me thinks this will be a late christmas present for my father.

Joseph Velez | January 29, 2010 4:42 AM

These pictures are stunning ... looks like a stunning book ... definitely interested in seeing it and referring it to a few friends that are in the Services

SteveDenver | January 29, 2010 6:48 AM

I helped a friend through his divorce and found out about how deeply shame affected his life. Growing up in a small town, he had no interaction with gays who were out, only heard horrible things aboug gays or jokes. He felt different. So at 18, he married his girlfriend. After living with his parents for a year, he enlisted and his wife became pregnant. When he got into the "real world," he realized he is gay. When he finished his four years, he got out of the Air Force and came out, and divorced. Now his little sister (22) is the only one who talks to him anymore. Most of his family and former friends punish him for being gay and say they believe it was a choice. Nobody should have to keep a secret.

Wow, I admire the devotion and time placed into a piece of history such as this!

CONGRATULATIONS! You're a winner! Please e-mail to claim your prize.

Is there a Jeff Sheng DADT FB page yet??
Because I think a lot of us would join and get the word out.

Angela Brightfeather | January 29, 2010 8:36 AM

As a Vietnam Vet who served for 7 years as a Drill Sargent, I recognize the photos from seeing many young men in the same postions and equally conflicted. There was any number of times that I turned my head the other way after conducting a barracks inspection, knowing that a report would have been equal to confinement in a stockade and a dishonorable discharge. Even back then, many of us were willing to serve while still hiding who we were. They should have had a medal they gave out for that type of bravery and dedication.

I would love to have a copy of this book to help change some minds in my extended military family!!

I hope that this book can commemorate the end of an era.

Enzo Fiorello | January 29, 2010 10:08 AM

The sample photos seem to be very moving. Would love to see the rest of them!

This book is pretty cool. I'll absolutely be getting this, even if I don't win.

This sounds like a great book. And something that needs to be read!

It's just incredible that don't ask don't tell still exists! Get rid of it!

I'd love to win a copy of this book!

Rann DeStefano | January 29, 2010 12:44 PM

Please let this hoorible policy be repealed this year!!! (But at least in my lifetime)

I would absolutely love a copy!

I have helped some service members deal with this issue. both in Canada and the US. I do thank god i live in canada where we can serve openly. The sky hasnt caved in here when it happened.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez | January 30, 2010 8:18 AM

After serving eight years in the US Air Force, I have to say that it was not at all what I expected. I am an openly gay man now and granted I could not be as open as I wanted during my enlistment, the people closest to me knew who I was and were very accepting and loving... to include fellow service members. They were the ones who helped me to come out and be proud of who I was. That is more than I could say about growing up in small town Texas. As much as it pains me to know that discrimination is still legal in our country, I was able to accept and love myself more while serving in the military than I was or ever will while growing up and living in such a conservative and uneducated community. I applaud Jeff for what he is trying to do to educate Americans on GLBT issues and I hope that one day soon I can contribute to our cause. This book is a beautiful and courageous step towards equality.

TravelerPete | January 30, 2010 9:39 AM

What a terrific looking book. Can't wait to read it. Congrats!!!

This looks like a very eye opening book and is well needed!

Photos look really powerful.

Perfect timing for this book! The military brass is about to take up deciding how to do away with DADT.

We'll all have to keep an eye on that process to make sure they don't stray from the course.

CONGRATULATIONS! You're a winner! Please e-mail to claim your prize.

Thanks for notice bil, posted and now will BLAST.

Hope he sells millions!

Good luck everyone. i survived 23 years in the AF. I was outed to my Command and 60 Minutes but I had friends that helped me. I was one of the lucky ones. i have been with my now husband 24+ years. I joined because where else can you eat, sleep and be in the company of so many gay men.

Amanda Joseph | January 30, 2010 2:22 PM

For me to see that people have to hide in their own home is quite sad. All because people who are gay want to serve and protect their country! This is something that we should have the right to do no matter who we are!

Okay, this book looks too good for me to not throw my name in. Fingers crossed!

stunning. the individuals in the photos should be commended for their bravery through this struggle and in war.

A contest definately worth entering, photos look interesting. Good luck Jeff with your new book.


David Clark Witkin | January 30, 2010 7:08 PM

I can't possibly imagine just how different my life would have been if I had not stayed out of the military because I did not want to lead a double life. My hat is off to these brave souls who want to serve the "free-est" country on Earth but are not free to show their faces.

That these people continue to serve measure the pride of their service. That they continue to have to hide their identity measures the shame of our nation.

Zander Dean | January 30, 2010 7:25 PM

Repealing DADT should be a no brainer! Hopefully this book will help personalize this issue.

Nothing like a book contest to convince me to finally create an account. Put the book on my list, just wish I had more cash to buy all the books I keep adding to it.

Would truly love to get a copy of this book. I know I speak for a great many of us who are very very disappointed that DADT is still our military's official policy. Where is an Eisenhower when we need one?

I would really love this!

*fingers crossed*

Looks like a great book to have.

This book looks awesome. These soldiers deserve the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Joseph Dhara | January 31, 2010 8:10 PM

this looks great.
I would really love to own a copy. Thanks for all those involved in producing it. This is important work. THANK YOU>

I want this book. I will definitely be ordering it if I do not get it. It looks like is definitely the sort of book that needs to be read by everyone.

bozemanmontana | January 31, 2010 11:01 PM

Read the book this weekend - as a gay vet, I was overwhelmed with emotions...anger, shame, fear, joy and disgust. Disgust that this is still going on, the witch hunts continue and we still treat the men and women serving our county with such shallow regard.
The book is a treasure, don't miss it.

Katherine Lewis | February 6, 2010 4:44 AM

This is such an important issue and the treatment of this topic, along with the photography, is amazing.