Greg Cope White
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Greg Cope White is an author, actor and television writer. His new memoir, The Pink Marine, chronicles his time in pre-“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Marine Corps boot camp. He served six years in the Marines, achieving the rank of sergeant. He is not a doctor, but he played one on the soap opera, Another World. The Pink Marine is being developed as a television series.
Greg hosts Food Network program, Unique Sweets, and has a sitcom in development with Norman Lear’s Act III. Earlier this year, he starred in the movie, I Know Where Lizzie Is on Lifetime television, and competed on On the Menu on TNT.
He’s written for HBO, Norman Lear, Fox, Sony and Disney, and he is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. A sixth-generation Texan, Greg lives in Los Angeles.
In Praise of THE PINK MARINE
“Greg is as inspirational as he is hilarious―I love this book!” ―Margaret Cho
“A great story beautifully told―surprising, funny, courageous and inspiring.” ―David Hyde Pierce
” This is the story of how, through pure gumption, a most unlikely Marine candidate rises to the occasion to show his true colors!” ―Jane Lynch
Kirkus Reviews on THE PINK MARINE
TV comedy writer White recalls the grueling yet confidence-building three-month Marine Corps boot camp training he endured as a still-closeted teenager in 1979.
Having moved numerous times throughout his childhood, at the age of 18, the author lived with his mother and brothers in Dallas. On a whim and with no future goals, White agreed to accompany his friend, a recent Air Force Academy cadet, and enlist in the Marine Corps. Physically unfit, admittedly effeminate, and considerably underweight, he was suddenly forced to share tight living quarters with dozens of straight young men and endure arduous physical endurance challenges, not to mention brutally demanding drill instructors. White lived in fear that he would be outed as gay, which could have led to a dishonorable discharge or, worse, a beating. Yet years before the passage of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the boot camp proved to be a tremendously equalizing experience. As White eventually began to excel in areas he never anticipated, he also realized that each recruit, no matter the level of athletic prowess or supposed masculinity, was dealing with anxieties and shortcomings in a united quest to complete the course. Ultimately, the author’s fear gradually took a back seat to his more urgent desire to not only achieve a meaningful goal, but also gain acceptance. “I gained confidence from membership in a group I never thought I could belong to, a group I never thought would accept me,” he writes. “I adopted the same attitude they did; I did everything anyone did. I was a man with a job, a man who happened to be gay. Being a Marine is hard work and takes a lot of focus, practice, and dedication. I learned that I had to respect myself if I wanted others to respect me.” The author demonstrates that respect and delivers a heartening coming-of-age story.
A readable, inspiring memoir that displays a balanced, surprisingly reverent view of the Marine Corps and military service. —Kirkus Reviews