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Nathaniel is an author, historian, commentator, and LGBTQ strategist. Author of Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America (Harvard University Press, April 2017), he is best known for his work helping to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy after writing the critically acclaimed Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award. A frequent contributor to Slate, he is currently the director of Columbia Law School's What We Know Project, a research initiative that collects scholarship on LGBTQ public policy.
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STAY TUNED FOR MORE ABOUT AWAKENING, NATHANIEL'S NEW BOOK ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY, OUT APRIL 24, 2017!
“Here is a book from a leading scholar that cuts through the ignorance, the denial and the prejudice to explain how we got stuck with a policy that was doomed to fail. Our military and our nation owe Frank a debt of gratitude.”
Lawrence J. Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan