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Current and veteran gay soldiers reveal how "don't ask, don't tell" affects them during their tours of duty as they struggle to maintain a double life, uncertain of whom they can trust. The film also explores how gay veterans and youth organizers turned to forms of personal activism to succeed in overturning the policy. From a national speaking tour of conservative universities to protests at military recruitment offices, these public events question how the United States military claimed to represent democracy and freedom while denying one segment of the population the right to serve. Interspersed with these principal storylines, the film reveals rare archival footage and key historical interviews with policy experts to explain the history and implementation of "don't ask, don't tell."