Dan Choi: Gay Soldier

July 23, 2010

Lt. Dan Choi is a gay soldier who was discharged from the Army because he chose to out himself in a stance against the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. He and his brave decision along with the consequences from it will have lasting repercussions on the military, there is more on Choi which includes some pictures and a video too.

Dan Choi

In what was an attempt to challenge the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy gay solider Lt. Dan Choi decided to come forward that he was a homosexual. That action has cost him his job and career as he has officially been discharged from the Army. Dan has became known as the face of the battle that is brewing in an attempt to over turn the Military’s policy on homosexuals in the armed forces.

Choi began his military career eleven years ago at West Point. He later became an infantry officer in the Army and severed in combat in Iraq for over a year. After his time in Iraq he switched form active duty Army to the New York Army National Guard.

The 29 year old came out last year on the Rachel Maddow Show and he immediately received a discharge letter from the Army National Guard. Dan decided to challenge it by writing an open letter to President Obama and Congress in which he had this to say about the military’s policy on homosexuals.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a slap in the face to me. It is a slap in the face to my soldiers, peers and leaders who have demonstrated that an infantry unit can be professional enough to accept diversity, to accept capable leaders, to accept skilled soldiers.

Despite his best efforts and the fact that it took a year Choi’s discharge did take place and was recently finalized, he no longer has a military career. However that is not keeping him down, he continues to fight for the rights of homosexuals in and out of the military. He seems to be doing a great job too, along with being selected the Grand Marshall of New York LGBT Pride March he with the help of other West Point alumni formed the group Knights Out, which support the rights of LGBT soldiers to serve openly.

Lt. Dan Choi is a gay solider. He is proud of it and determined to make life easier LGBT people who are in the military, even though he himself is no longer allowed to serve.

Choi and his crusade are a hot and controversial topic and I want your thoughts on it so give them to me.

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Photos: www.wenn.com

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6 Responses to “Dan Choi: Gay Soldier”

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    Mandi Says:

    I think Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is an outdated policy. Even the name is contradictory. It says that you can be gay and serve, as long as they don’t know about it. You could be the most skilled, highly ranked soldier, but as soon as you come out and say you’re gay you get discharged. The military would rather lose a valued, dedicated soldier than work with someone who is openly gay? Gay rights are still a hot topic up for debate, but haven’t we come far enough as a culture to know that a person’s sexuality doesn’t affect their ability to work professionally, and for people to work professionally with openly gay people? Having such a harsh and derogatory policy causes more of a distraction that gay people in the military.

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    Joan Says:

    Totally agree @Mandi, I’ve personally known people who were booted from the military because of DADT, totally ridiculous. Change needs to come quickly so people can serve proudly and openly.

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    Jen Elly Says:

    This upsets me. You fight and die for our country, but if you are gay you are not good enough. Disgusting.

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    Rick Says:

    Dan, all the best! You are one of the bravest men I know. God bless you and keep you strong.

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    Jeanette Says:

    Lt. Choi, as a fellow Asian-American, you make me PROUD!

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    DD Says:

    Before it was women and before that it was blacks, who cares if he is gay and wants to serve our country? I have a feeling 10 years from now it will be okay and then it will be onto something else.