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Dan Choi Responds To Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell!'

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Lt. Dan Choi, who has fought tirelessly since day one for the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, has written the following statement in response to the HUGE step toward progress our country is finally taking!

He says:

No revolution towards justice ever went backwards. To all the supporters of equality and Don't Ask Don't Tell's death, I am so grateful. The road has not been easy. We have learned many important lessons about social justice, movements, supporting each other, and speaking out against discrimination.

The mission is not finished; it has only just begun. The most critical mission is supporting and encouraging closeted soldiers to finally access their full integrity, dignity, and humanity. This mission is in keeping with the first lessons learned at West Point or basic training. As the legislation signals a new chapter in our journey, we can be sure that our work has only begun. I call on all soldiers to gain the courage to come out. First come out to yourselves, then tell your trusted friends and family. Tell everyone who you trust and who deserves nothing less than truth. Stop hating yourselves as your country has signaled for so long. Furthermore, your coming out is not for you. It is for all those who come after. Military service is not about rank, pension or paycheck. Climbing the ladder is shameful without true purity of service and I applaud those who give up the superficial artifacts of career in favor of complete integrity and justice.

I denounce the fear-mongering of John McCain and others who do our country a grave disservice by their bigotry and calcified retardation. His outlandish remarks that justice will result in amputations demonstrates the ridiculousness of his entire argument. His silliness proves the fight for justice has no real logical debate; you are on one side or the other. John McCain, you are on the wrong side of history. Your feet wade in the toxic septic waste of rabid hate-mongers who perpetuate America's injustice. It is your argument that has been amputated today; your claims have no legs to stand.

President Obama, you are not off the hook. The compromise bill passed today puts the moral imperative squarely on your desk. Sign an executive order instituting a full non-discrimination policy throughout the military. If you do not, if you drag your feet and politicize this with your theoretical calculations as you have these past two years, you will be guilty of abetting those who loudly proclaim homophobia from their platforms and pulpits. Provide them no shelter or safe haven. Institute justice now.

Do not compare this to the integration of racial and religious minorities in the 1940's and 1950's. Integration of gay people has already happened. This is one inherent difference between our civil rights movement and that of the past decades. We are integrated, we simply fight for our integrity. As each civil rights movement fights for access to a particular resource, it is clear that the gay rights movement fights for access to dignity and our own integrity. This struggle only begins.

I intend to rejoin the military and serve in any capacity I can be of best use. I intend to marry and have a family of my own. We are living in a truly historic moment where we can enjoy the rewards of our efforts. We stand on the shoulders of many who have come before us, from Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich to our present day heroes. We owe it to them to continue fighting. Our loudness does not distract but enhances the fight. Our direct action puts wind in the sails of lobbyists and political elites who do our bidding on the inside. We are one team with one goal: Equality in our lifetime. I do not intend to waver or retreat in pursuit of this new life purpose and mission, and neither should any American who loves justice.

Such an inspiration!

Thanks for the heartfelt and TRUE words, bb!


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26 comments to “Dan Choi Responds To Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell!'”

  1. 1

    Senator McCain has a lot of military experience under his belt too. If YOU LISTEN TO HIM, his objection to the repeal of DADT is that Military people were asked if they thought if they knew the person serving with them was gay, would it have any effect on the performance of the military and they said NO. McCain felt the polls were flawed, and I think he is right. First, most polls are flawed. I don't know how this was asked, but alot of people are not going to admit they are bigoted. 2nd, McCain has said he is worried about the MORAL OF THE MILITARY. That WILL affect the performance. McCain IS NOT A BIGOT. He spent many many years in the military and he knows more than anyone else how the basic man/woman ACTS. Yes, it would be nice if we LIVED in a FAIR WORLD where everyone was treated as equals, but we do not. I don't know if just telling the entire military to not discriminate, THEY WON'T. And most likely, if they do act like bullies,you are never ever going to hear about 90% of it.

  2. 2

    I also think that this LT. Dan Choi, no matter what he has done, OWES SENATOR MCCAIN AN APOLOGY FOR CALLING HIM A BIGOT. SAYING WHAT HE DOES IS FEAR MONGERING. Sen. McCain has just be relaying the concerns he has of what might happen to gays if DADT was repealed. Yes, if you want, you might think it is fear mongering. But, if gays are beat up on a daily basis, he is just foretelling the future. Sen. McCain has given the military many many years of service and to be shoot down as a Bigot, is disgraceful.

  3. 3

    I never thought I'd say this, but gay people were so much cooler when they weren't so damn preachy.

  4. 4

    Re: justtfax – You may have some valid points. Yes, this may result in some abuse against gays in the military, but if McCain's answer is to continue the discrimination, it will never change. This is a step in the right direction. Of course there will be some backlash, but it will hopefully get to the point where sexual orientation simply doesn't matter. Keeping DADT gives official approval to discrimination - it had to go. McCain's support of a discriminatory policy - in my opinion - makes him a bigot. And for all those who have an issue with it - just get over it already!

  5. 5

    Next up…the draft. Yippie!!

  6. 6

    This guy is a poor spokesman for the gay community. Instead of a reasonable voice, his is quite unreasonable, reminiscent of Code Pink's antics. The sooner he disappears from the national debate, the better off the gay community will be. It's going to take more reasonable, moderate voices (Melissa Etheridge/Jane Lynch?) to attract all sides into a reasonable (and therefore winnable) debate. The only thing the likes of Choi do is turn moderates away.

  7. 7

    I am someone who is a military brat and has worked FOR the military as a civilian in the MPF where they deal with retirements, ID cards, discharges, etc. It was HEARTBREAKING to have to CONFISCATE ID cards and process someone's discharge because a jilted lover outed them to the person's 1st sergeant. This affected me tremendously. How can someone, who has been in the military for years, they've done their jobs with no complaints against them, get kicked out simply because they are GAY!? It is one thing, if they were a horrible soldier, officer, airman, etc., but even they have to commit a crime to get kicked out. And those who commit crimes can get second chances depending on the severity. DADT was total bull and whatever the initial purpose of the law was, it turned out to be a way for those who didn't like a certain person, to have the ability to get them kicked out. As someone who is a military brat, I personally KNOW people who are in the military and are gay… as far back as I can remember. They've served their country, some have retired at 20+ years (before DADT was in place) and their sexual preference never compromised the mission of their branch or career. DADT should never been an issue, it should not have existed. I am happy that we are finally inching forward in this country that boasts "Equality For All."

  8. 8

    Re: Trollmaster – You're a fucking punk douchbag. I am sure Obama will do everything he can to make sure the DADT repeal is done properly. Lt Dan Choi needs to put more faith in Obama I think, even though we have all doubted him.

  9. 9

    Re: justtfax – McCain is a bigot though, he doesn't give a fuck about gay people.

  10. 10

    To be fair to Dan Choi, he did just go through a nervous breakdown. I do think he needs to be more tactful about what he says, because he is basically the face of the DADT repeal right now. Don't be so mad Dan, we are all upset about not having rights, but just be patient.

  11. 11

    Re: Trollmaster – And seriously dude, you better shut up before I rip your fucking troll head off.

  12. 12

    Choi is a windbag. And FYI Choi - Mc Cain relayed the many messages of concern re DADT from many service members. There are always 2 sides to the coin Mc Cain was questioning the timing. I like that he is not fake and all PC like Obuma. And to the military brat thinking that every Gay person dischard was entirely because ALL of them were gay is mistaken because in ANY demographic there are some slack soldiers that did not do good work. We just want individuals to do their job. Not have a political agenda to cram their soap box down everyone's throat like this Choi dude. FYI Choi - Obama was not the sole decision maker so quit blaming him for the delay and just be glad you got what you wanted. Ingrate.

  13. 13

    Re: jlenoconel
    You got to be kidding me, moron??
    I love to smash little homos like you…..you always start t cry after a little slap,hahahahaha you are so disturbingly weak!!
    Sign up in the army and i will pray for war, fool!!!

  14. 14

    Re: Trollmaster – Oh yeah dickhead, if you're from Europe why are you so obsessed with what goes on in the States?

  15. 15

    Re: Trollmaster – My last comment didn't show up… anyway I am not weak at all mate. I am in the gym all the time. I wonder that you look like lol.

  16. 16

    it's obvious trollmaster is just typing this to get reactions, that is what trolling is, some people (mostly small uneducated bored tweens) find it funny to stir pots online because apparently there is nothing better to do online. So just ignore trolls, if you response you give them what they want, a reaction.

    also did lt dan choi use the word "retardation" not very PC while trying to be PC about gays. Just sayin.

    and congrats to the death of dont ask don't tell. I have many gay friends and i always stand up for them.

  17. 17

    Re: swedenrocks – just as you have nothing better to do than to reply to the nonsense. :)

    like me toooo, so dont try and turn it on me, i realize what im doing.

  18. 18

    wow, bring out the haters…why cant it be HUMAN rights..who cares who loves who? Enhance your own lives, and quit waisting your time worring about everyone elses.

  19. 19

    Re: Trollmaster – Im going to keep this simple as your obviously mentally defected, but i would like to pull you up on something.
    "I would never trust an idiot like this with my life in war……!!!" Can i just say that from your posts i gathered that all you have is the mental capacity to do is stike out in violence, but i highly doubt that you would have the balls to sign up for war. And i honestly find it hilariously ironic how, you, someone who sits behind a computer screen making stupid, immature comments that can call someone who stands up for something that is so strongly needed and serves his country "weak, unsecure and useless". fucking retard.

  20. 20

    Wow, way to say "thank you," Lt. Choi,
    Your smug arrogance is a big turn-off.
    The gays showed Mr. Obama only tepid support, but he went to the mat for you. I'm very disappointed at this grandstanding.

  21. 21

    Bravo Dan Choi!
    Your words are very true & very inspiring.
    Senator John McCain has -until lately - served his country well.
    But now he should take his leave & take his bigotry with him.
    President Obama please follow through & take heed of Dan Choi's words.
    Congrats to the U.S.A. for taking another step to true eaquality for all of it's citizens.

  22. 22

    He's no hero. He's an annoying Douchebag. And stop writing "EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!" as if YOU coined that term! Its so stupid when you use Perez.

  23. 23

    Trollmaster says –
    "I will pray that you all will be deleted from this earth, you sick assholes!!"

    ^ Hahhhaaa what a friggin tool! Gee, let me gues…uhhh. you're a good Christian right? Yeeeah…rigghtttt. Loser.

  24. 24

    Oh, it is so obvouos Trollmaster is gay. He's a self-hating gay.

  25. 25

    There is a reason this guy is/was mad. It took Obama two years to get DADT, and that, so far, is the only gay rights legislation he has helped achieve in his presidency so far. Now, I do admire Obama for what he has achieved, but you can't blame Dan Choi for being pissed. At the moment he is just saying that Obama support the repeal instead of doing a no show the first time McCain did that fillabuster crap a few months ago.

  26. 26

    all these people that do the trolling things are a bunch of wankers