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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is an anti-gay policy sweeping the Bible Belt portion of the nation. Freshman journalism student Rachael Ainsley goes undercover as a high school senior named Cassie Rae for a tell-all exposé, hoping to drastically alter the Gay Rights Movement. She instantly befriends the gayest boy in school. Imagine his surprise when he finds out who she really is. Can she stick to her deadline, or will she be discovered before she has a chance to change the lives of the students attending Mooreville High?
“As the title might suggest, this book tackles the issue of gay rights in the school system. The main character is a journalism student who decides to infiltrate a local high school so she can find out more about this policy. The program itself is meant to punish and rehabilitate wayward students with homosexual tendencies, speech, appearance, or any other traits that make the people around them uncomfortable. Through the course of her attendance she meets several young people who are all unique in their own way. Those who make it to Reformation Hall are not all gay and many are simply supporters of equal rights. I beta read this book a couple of months ago and I was impressed with how the author respectfully portrayed members of the LGBTQ community and reinforced the importance of unity and strength in numbers. Each student in Reformation Hall is incredibly unique and memorable but the shining star for me was Zane but I was also a fan of the open-minded Barbie doll relationships his younger sister had later on in the story. There are several sweet moments intertwined with the darker issues of bullying and abuse gay and lesbian students currently face and it is done very well.” -Jennifer J Albert (Amazon) “T.R. Stoddard has done it again! Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell takes you right back to high school, to a life of cliques, horrible teachers, and best friends. In a prose that makes you feel as if you’re one of the kids sitting in Reformation Hall, you’re catapulted through a busy few weeks of Rachael Ainsley’s life as she goes undercover at a high school where a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is in the works and where she deems it her job to break the story to get her journalism career off with a bang. What she doesn’t realize is that she will befriend some of the best people possible, yet they’re also the ones the school administration is trying to abandon. Yet again a page-turning read, you will be sucked in and you seriously will not want the ride to end.” -EffinNikktastic (Amazon)
“Very powerful story. It’s very powerful because it’s not that unlikely at all. The way things have been going, this is not very far fetched. The thought of this becoming real, or something like it is a terrifying one.”-Mitebsyco (Amazon)
Rachael got up. Cassie was her undercover name. It would take her a while to respond to it as if it were her actual name. She could feel the bored eyes of her classmates on her as she ran to the office. When she arrived at the office, there was a notebook lying on the counter with a sticky note that read, CASS. She signed off on the list and grabbed her notebook. Everything she would write down for her exposé would be written in that notebook. She hoped this assignment could not only jump start a career for herself, but also show the discrimination gay students had to deal with on a daily basis. The bell rang before she made it back to class. The teacher was already gone and as she opened the door, she overheard a jock yelling at the aforementioned ‘gay kid.’ “Get out of the classroom first, faggot. I don’ want you checkin’ me out when I leave you fucking Homo. She could see the beginnings of tears welling up in his light green eyes. He walked out, head down. Either this was common behavior, or he didn’t want to fight. Rachael wanted to stand up to the jock, but the other kid needed her attention more. She walked up to him and started to speak softly. “What he said to you was really messed up,” she said, resting her hand lightly upon his shoulder as a form of comfort. He hid his face as he wiped a tear away. She instantly removed her hand, not wanting to make him uncomfortable. “I’m used to it. Nothing new. This year I have been warned to ‘hide my gay’ or face the ‘consequences.’ And, as I am sure you can probably tell, I can’t exactly hide mine. It’s out in the open for everyone to hate.” It was much worse than her dream because it was real. “I heard about this. What ‘consequences’? By the way, I am R – Cassie Rae.” She’d almost let her real name slip, and it was far too early in the game for that kind of mistake. “I’m Zane. These are the consequences.” He handed her a small booklet. ANTI-Distraction PRO-Education Handbook Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy 1. No student may openly discuss their sexual orientation if it lies outside of the traditional man/woman pairing. 2. No student may take another student of the same sex to a dance or school function as anything more than friends. 3. No same sex student may show any public displays of affection [PDA]. 4. No male student may wear female clothing. 5. No male student may wear makeup. 6. All books addressing or promoting homosexuality are hereby banned. 7. If any student makes their unfavorable sexual orientation known they will thereby forfeit their gym class, which will be replaced by Reformation Hall. 8. Students forfeit inclusion in sports and extracurricular activities if they let their unfavorable sexual orientation known. 9. If a student is “cured,” he or she may return to gym and other all extracurricular activities. Consequences First Warning: Removal from gym. Second Warning: Removal from sports and other extracurricular activities. Third Warning: In-School Suspension (ISS) Fourth Warning: Suspension Fifth Warning: Expulsion If all students follow this handbook, we will have a happy and uneventful year. By continuing to attend classes, you have agreed to the terms and conditions within.
T.R. Stoddard is the author of her own wild imagination. Psychological thrillers and unique young adult fiction are her forte, but she hopes to one day make a contribution to each major genre. Stoddard has two novels and one short story currently in circulation, and spends her free time creating more. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her boyfriend and their rescue dog Harry PAWter.