Tuesday, May 19, 2009

End DADT Now!

Just in case you missed our entry here yesterday, I want to update you. Lt. Dan Choi, originally from Orange County, California, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Iraq War veteran. Last March he went on Rachel Maddow's show and spoke three truthful words: "I am gay." As a result Lt. Choi received a letter from the Army on April 23 discharging him for violating the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He told Rachel Maddow the letter was "a slap in the face" to himself and the soldiers he as commanded and served with over the past decade. Lt. Choi is fighting. I want to help him and help all the others that serve in our country’s military. I invite you to help too!

The Courage Campaign has nearly 120,000 signatures on its "Don't Fire Dan Choi" petition and there is room for your signature as well. Go to http://www.couragecampaign.org/page/s/dontfiredan to sign and to see a video. Also you can get one of those t-shirts I mentioned here yesterday - go to http://www.cafepress.com/DontFire to order one. Plus you can tell your friends and you can write letters. I just might write only about DADT here in my blog, until it is repealed! What do you think?

By the way, Lt. Choi, who now lives in New York, will be coming to California a number of times in the month ahead. He will be a celebrity grand marshal in the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28.

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