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    Netflix Orders Norman Lear-Produced Dramedy About a Gay Marine Serving Before ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    Netflix Orders Norman Lear-Produced Dramedy About a Gay Marine Serving Before ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    When Greg Cope White first visited a Marine Corps recruiter in 1979, he had what was then a disqualifying secret: He was (and still is) a homosexual man. Back then, that fact was still a closely guarded secret. The U.S. faced a number of high-profile lawsuits from those accused of homosexuality who were forcibly drummed out, often given an “undesirable” discharge.

    While he was serving, the Department of Defense codified the regulation that homosexuality was “incompatible with military service.” That rule came in 1982, but White spent six years in the Corps as a communications specialist anyway, earning a meritorious promotion and leaving with an honorable discharge.

    He credits the Marine Corps and its camaraderie with instilling in him the self-confidence to do what he does today.

    Today, he's a film and television screenwriter whose credits include the HBO series “Dream On,” as well as films produced by Fox, Disney and others. He also wrote a memoir of his time serving in the Marines as a gay man, called “The Pink Marine: One Boy's Journey Through Boot to Manhood.”

    Netflix purchased the rights to develop Cope's book for the screen in 2021. Variety reports the streaming service just ordered 10 episodes of a series, produced by TV legend Norman Lear (“All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons”), inspired by the book, rather than a direct adaptation.

    Called “The Corps,” the show centers on Cameron Cope, “a…

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