Lt. Dan Choi Not Celebrating Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

With the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, you'd think the leading opponent of the policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military would be celebrating.

But Tustin's Dan Choi, the Army National Guard lieutenant who was discharged from his upper New York state unit in 2010 for violating the policy, reportedly says, "I'm not going to party."

WTF?

As I blogged the first day of this month, Choi still has a court case to deal with that could result in his being jailed, not that it was looking that way then:


Still, a weak case and a gay rights movement milestone or no, the very idea of being prosecuted by the country he's served for still leaves a bitter taste in Choi's mouth. As he tells Kevin Douglas Grant of GlobalPost:

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Lt. Choi then and now: "The government treats us just like terrorists."
"To have something that is your country versus you is not something you expect when you're coming back from war. . . . The government treats us just like terrorists. It's the same thing in countries where revolutions are happening. The president wants to stay in power and doesn't want any embarrassment."

The 30-year-old who says he suffers from combat-induced post traumatic stress disorder calls what's happening to him and other gays and lesbians "federal homophobia." And he singles out President Barack Obama as a sufferer of the malady.

Indeed, the unofficial spokesman for the anti-DADT movement believes the 18-year-old's policy's end has less to do with the president and his military leaders boldly letting it run out and more to do with activists like Choi getting "in Obama's face."

Now, the West Point graduate fears the repeal will appease the gay community enough that it will drop the ball when it comes to full, legal equality.

"DADT has become something of a manipulation," he tells Grant. "It's clear that Obama has not fulfilled his promises to our community. DADT means for me that I can go back. And it means that I can die for my country. But I still can't get married in my country."

The next move for Choi, then, may be chaining himself to a wedding cake. But not before he takes a couple more swipes at you-know-who:

"Tuesday is nothing like the 1948 order to integrate. With a swash of his pen, Obama could say [to gays], 'You are a legitimate minority.' That's what the 1948 order recognized: equal opportunity. But as it stands, people are still going to be kicked out, chased out, discriminated and harassed. There's still going to be that."

Later:

"This guy that I thought was so amazing, he can hurt me more than anybody because there's nobody who can hurt you more than the one you once loved, and continue to love. He knows that."

Choi's problem with Obama could be solved in November 2012. Perhaps then he'll be ready to party. But before he buys confetti and noisemakers, he may want to check out who's in line to replace The Chosen One.

If Lt. Choi feels gays will be less likely to be kicked out, chased out, discriminated and harassed with the election of any of the declared presidential candidates opposing Obama, I have this advice: don't throw away those chains.
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Brenda/Lysana/either
Brenda/Lysana/either

Sweet Jesus, but Choi sounds like a jilted lover. Someone needs a reality check, stat.

sistermoon
sistermoon

This man is severely personality disordered. I hope he's getting help.

dekadaye
dekadaye

i hope he goes to jailhe's annoying and not a good spokesperson for the LGBT community

Lila
Lila

Well, he SHOULD celebrate, and I have seen other reports indicating he intends to rejoin the Army.

As for the future equality of gays in the military: there is a big obstacle, but is NOT Obama.  In fact, Obama has opposed this obstacle as unconstitutional, and that obstacle is:  DOMA.  Since Choi seems to be something of a professional crusader at this point, he should set DOMA in his sights next.  See   http://thecoloroflila.wordpres...

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