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Anne Balay, a professor at Indiana University Northwest, has a new book out, "Steel Closets," published by the University of North Carolina Press.

This compellingly readable and long-overdue study explores the lives of 40 Northwest Indiana LGBT steel mill workers at the mills in Gary, East Chicago and Portage, in their own words. It is unbelievably poignant and powerful.

As a longtime steelworker and past president of USW Local 1010, I believe this unique work needs to be widely read, especially by workers and union representatives. I had no idea the torment some workers are forced to endure on the job, simply because of their sexual orientation.

Anne's book has ended our ignorance. Now it's up to us to change things, for the better.

- Mike Olszanski, Labor Studies Department, Indiana University

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