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Get Off My Ship: Ensign Berg v. the US Navy

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Copy Berg & Lawrence Gibson WBAI Interview, 1979

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Get Off My Ship: Ensign Berg v. the US Navy (ISBN 978-0380400713) is a memoir by E. Lawrence Gibson published in two printings by Viking Press in 1978 about his relationship with Vernon Berg, III, the first officer to bring a legal challenge against the US military for anti-gay discrimination in a landmark case in the gay rights movement. In the end, a federal appeals court granted Berg a reinstatement in the Navy, upgrade to Honorable Discharge, and back pay. While at the US Naval Academy, Berg met and fell in love with Gibson, a civilian theatre director working at the Academy. They were married in a small, private ceremony in New York's Central Park in 1975. At Copy's urging, Lawrence accepted a job teaching Naval personnel stationed aboard the USS Little Rock where Berg was also stationed. When they began sharing Copy's apartment in Gaeta, Italy they discovered they had already been surveilled by Naval Intelligence for 5 months. Their travails from that moment up through the conclusion of the Navy hearing are memorialized in Gibson's book. After the trial, the couple settled on Dean Street in Brooklyn, NY and were interviewed together on WBAI radio in 1979. They split in the 1980s.
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