Ask Not

Award-winning PBS documentary ASK NOT is a compelling exploration of the history and effects of the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The film exposes the tangled political battles that led to the discriminatory law, and profiles courageous activists who fought for repeal. By following the personal stories of service members, ASK NOT reveals the psychological toll on gay Americans who served in combat under a veil of secrecy.

  • GLAAD Media Awards– Winner Best Documentary
  • San Francisco International Film Festival– Golden Gate Award Nominee
  • Spokane GLBT Film Festival– Winner Audience Choice Award for Best Film
  • OutTakes (NZ)– Winner Audience Award for Best Documentary
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival– Winner Selector’s Choice Award


Timely and balanced… a strong, serious effort at mixing a discussion of civil rights and a look at Americans forced to choose between love for their country and love for another human being.

—Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

Potent…engrossing…brisk and smart.

—Dennis Harvey, Variety

Compelling…ASK NOT has startling facts on its side…but the gay soldiers make the most potent case, simply by doing their jobs.

—Jesse Ellison, Newsweek