The Pink Marine is the story—full of hilarity and heartbreak—of how a teenage boy who struggles with self-acceptance & doesn’t fit the traditional definition of manliness finds acceptance and self-worth in Marine Corps boot camp.

When Greg Cope White’s best friend tells him he is spending his summer in Marine Corps boot camp, all Greg hears is “summer” and “camp.”

Despite dire warnings from his friend, Greg vows to join him in recruit training. He is eighteen, underweight, he’s never run a mile—and he is gay.

It’s long before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling.

With no LGBT rights in place in most states, and the Marines having a very definite expulsion policy in place for gay people when it comes to military personnel, will Greg even survive?


TV comedy writer White recalls the grueling yet confidence-building three-month Marine Corps boot camp training he endured as a still-closeted teenager.

“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, inspiring memoir that displays a balanced, surprisingly reverent view of the Marine Corps and military service.



Greg Cope White is a screenwriter, producer, author, USMC veteran and inveterate bon vivant.

Author, screenwriter, producer Greg Cope White also served six years as a U.S. Marine. He drew from those experiences to write his memoir, The Pink Marine.

His writing credits include two Netflix Original films, shows for HBO, CBS, NBC, Disney, Fox and Comedy Central. He contributes to The Huffington Post. He mentors for the Writer’s Guild Foundation’s program for military veterans on their path to write TV and film.

Greg is highly motivated about veteran’s and LGBTQ rights, patriotism, cooking, travel and storytelling.

The Pink Marine sold to Netflix as as series. Greg is a writer and producer, along with Rachel Davidson, Brent Miller and Norman Lear.


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Author of The Pink Marine, television and film writer and producer, world traveler, and inveterate bon vivant, Greg Cope White is a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a bi-coastal, polo-playing, sixth-generation Texan with a voracious appetite for life.


“While I served in the military, the Air Force was a social club compared to the Marines. I’ve known Greg White for some thirty years, and have admired him every minute throughout. That he could write as intriguing and honest a book as The Pink Marine is no surprise.”
— Norman Lear

“A great story beautifully told—surprising, funny, courageous and inspiring.”
— David Hyde-Pierce

“The Marines got a great soldier out of it. And we civilians got a great author. 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

“If you’re searching for the next great memoir, it’s arrived. Greg Cope White’s The Pink Marine is funny and relentlessly honest. If we have any reason to celebrate the imposed silence of President Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, The Pink Marine is it. Had Greg talked back then, we wouldn’t have this book now. “
​— Peter MacNicol

“Marine Corps boot camp was the toughest thing I ever did. I had to cope with being skinny, weak, and timid in a place that demanded strength, confidence, and fearlessness. But I didn’t have to cope with being gay or having to hide who I actually was. . . .The Pink Marine is a wonderful book and I’m proud to be Greg White’s fellow jarhead.”
—Jim Beaver

​”Greg Cope White takes on the universal tragedy of human isolation and the fear of exposure with such humor and grace that it becomes a triumphant comedy.”
—Dylan Brody

“Greg is as inspirational as he is hilarious—I love him and I love this book!”
​—Margaret Cho

​”For five years, on a television show called Covert Affairs, I had the privilege of pretending to be a member of the U.S. military. ​For six years, in the United States Marines, my friend Greg pretended to be straight. He wins. The Pink Marine will inspire you, make you laugh, and remind you of what’s important in this life.”
—Christopher Gorham

Private Benjamin meets Full Metal Jacket. As fascinating as that description sounds, The Pink Marine goes way beyond that… A beautiful, frank, gripping and funny memoir, Greg Cope White punches you in the gut one moment and makes you bust a gut in the next. Truly one of the most honest and harrowing depictions of boot camp I’ve ever read or seen in film. And the fact that White can make you laugh at it all makes this book a true original. Wow.
—Sean Dwyer



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TITLE:   The Pink Marine
AUTHOR:   Greg Cope White
PUBLISHER:   AboutFace Books
PAGES:   252 ​
HARDCOVER:   $35.00
HARDCOVER ISBN:   978-0-9972857-2-7
TRADE PAPER ISBN:   978-0-9972857-1-0
E-BOOK:   $9.99
E-BOOK ISBN:   978-0-9972857-0-3