Lt. Dan Choi vs. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Lt. Dan Choi, officer in the Army National Guard and veteran of the Iraq war, has become something of a poster child for the fight against the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuality. The biggest difference is, Lt. Choi has been in the military during his public battle against DADT.

Until now. Recently, Lt. Choi’s discharge from the United States armed forces finally became official.

Lt. Choi is a West Point graduate, an Arab linguist, an openly gay man, and now a civilian. It took over a year and a half for the Army to fire him, but it was seemingly bound to happen. Still, for a time it seemed that there might have been hope for the lieutenant, as he’s continued to serve with his military unit despite being openly gay and being a public activist against DADT.

The actual discharge letter:

Here is Mr. Choi being interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow after his discharge:

My thanks go to Mr. Choi for sacrificing his career in the fight against discrimination and inequality. Hopefully his sacrifice won’t be in vain.

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