Movie Analysis : ' Soldier 's Girl '

947 WordsDec 8, 20154 Pages
Discrimination has become painfully familiar in today’s society. There are some who would argue homosexuality threatens us as a society, and unfortunately these feelings do not end with just civilians with some arguing that homosexuals serving openly in the military threaten unit cohesion and military effectiveness. Although it has been proven that the repeal of the ban on gays in the armed forces would have a minimal negative impact on the military 's effectiveness or unit compatibility, it has not always been this way. This essay, and Frank Pierson’s Soldier’s Girl, shows just how big of an impact the media and film depictions have of society and offers the viewer the opportunity to see the challenges homosexuals have faced when serving in the armed forces. In 2003 Frank Pierson directed a film that would take the world by storm and make way for a massive world movement. Starring Troy Garity, Lee Pace, and Andre Braugher, Soldier’s Girl was a story of drama, romance, and murder. It is the dramatic retelling of the true story of an army soldier (Garity) and the consequences he faces for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer (Pace). This film would go on to be a stepping stone for an equality movement in the United States military. Barry Winchell was born in 1977 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri before he enlisted in the United States Army in 1998. He was later assigned to the 2/502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell,
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