10.11.2011Lt. Dan Choi > View profile
Civil Rights Lecture about one man's quest to openly serve his country.
In 2009, Lt. Daniel Choi, an infantry officer, West Point graduate and Iraq combat veteran publicly announced that he was gay. He then received notice that discharge proceedings were initiated for violating the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy.
Lt. Choi advocated for the repeal of DADT, so that everyone could serve with dignity and respect regardless of sexual orientation. Following a federal judge's order to stop enforcing DADT in 2010 and Lt. Choi's final arrest at the White House, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" was repealed in December.
Today, Lt. Choi continues to advocate for full LGBTQ civil rights worldwide. He promotes veteran health and wellness, is a founder of Knights Out, an organization of West Point Alumni who support the right of LGBTQ officers to serve openly, and he serves on the boards of Marriage Equality USA and the American Foundation for Equal Rights. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at Harvard University, intends to rejoin the military, and remains an avid defender of freedom and justice for all. > View article
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