Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lt. Dan Choi Discharged From U.S. Army For Being Openly Gay

"One of the most outspoken gay critics of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy said Thursday that he has been discharged from the Army. Lt. Dan Choi, who was arrested in March for handcuffing himself to a White House fence in protest of the policy, released a statement saying he had been honorably discharged. Choi said he received the news through a phone call from his Army National Guard battalion commander," reports CNN. "Choi, a 2003 West Point graduate who is fluent in Arabic, was an infantry platoon leader, serving with his unit in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. He admitted his sexual orientation publicly for the first time last year on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, prompting the Army to initiate proceedings to discharge him. The don't ask, don't tell policy bars people who are openly gay or lesbian from serving in the military."