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Gay soldier Dan Choi arrested again at White House

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  1. I admire you all!

  2. My hat come off to these Very men and women.

  3. Oops that should have read Very Brave man and women… LOL

  4. Biographies for Veterans:

    Lt. Dan Choi served as an infantry officer with the United States Army in Iraq in 2006-2007. Choi graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and is fluent in Arabic. In June 2008, he transferred from active duty Army to the New York National Guard. After coming out on The Rachel Maddow Show in March 2009, he was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him. Choi is a founding member of KnightsOut, an organization of West Point alumni that advocates for the rights of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, and he speaks frequently in support of rights for LGBT members of the military.

    Capt. Jim Pietrangelo II, a former infantryman and lawyer originally from Ohio, served in the United States Army until he was discharged in 2004 under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Pietrangelo fought in Iraq in 1991 as an infantryman and returned as a JAG officer for the second Iraq War. As he was readying for a third combat tour, he was honorably discharged for declaring he is gay. Pietrangelo sued the government, charging that the policy is unconstitutional. He appealed to the Supreme Court, but in June 2009, the Supreme Court rejected the case and refused to intervene, at the request of the Obama Administration.

    Petty Officer Larry Whitt was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, and grew up in Florida. Fulfilling a lifelong goal, Whitt joined the Navy after high school and served for 12 years. He received the Outstanding Sailor Award aboard the USS Compass Island, was a Sailor of the Month aboard the USS Caloosahatchee, and retired as a Petty Officer First Class. He was stationed with the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, and received a Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Good Conduct Medals, and a Navy Expeditionary Medal. Whitt was honorably discharged in October 1982, after he requested discharge for fear of being turned in for being gay. Currently, he is the Color Guard Coordinator for the Florida Gold Coast Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights in Ft. Lauderdale.

    Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen was born in Northridge, California and raised in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley. Sandeen joined the United States Navy in 1980 as a Fire Controlman. She served on two Guided Missile Fast Frigates as a Mark 92 Fire Control System technician, and one Guided Missile Fast Frigate as a Mark 15 Close-In Weapons System technician. Her last ship was the Third Fleet Command Ship, the USS Coronado, where she served as a Mark 15 Close-In Weapons System technician from 1996 to 2000. She retired after 20 years as a Fire Controlman First Class. At the end of 1999 and beginning of 2000, Sandeen was sexually harassed by a subordinate and Executive Officer for being perceived as an effeminate gay male. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, she was awarded a Veteran’s Administration Service Connected Disability rating. She began transitioning as a male-to-female transsexual on February 6, 2003. As a transgender activist, she has worked with many transgender advocacy organizations. She is currently the transgender chair of DOD FedGlobe, and she writes for the blog Pam’s House Blend.

    Cadet Mara Boyd, originally from and currently residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, completed three years in the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated in the top ten percent of her basic training class before she came out as a lesbian to her commander in the fall of 2002 and was honourably discharged under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in June 2003. Before she came out, Boyd held the position in her cadet detachment of Cadet Captain, Character Development Officer, having been nominated by the officer cadre and cadet corps to handle the character development and moral guidance of the entire detachment. Boyd’s ROTC scholarship, which had paid for two years of nonresident tuition, was revoked upon her discharge, and the government demanded that she repay her scholarships and book stipends. Boyd ended up with $30,000 of tuition bills to pay. Boyd returned to UC Boulder and completed her degree, but she is still paying back the scholarship debt.

    Corporal Evelyn Thomas, who was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Texas, joined the Army National Guard and then the U.S. Marine Corps. She served at Camp Pendleton for four years until another Marine found a letter in her locker about her relationship with a woman. She was then honourably discharged in 1991. In October 2009, Thomas founded a ministry for gays in the military who fear they may be discharged for speaking openly to base chaplains about their sexuality. The Sanctuary Project Veterans is a ministry of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, CA, and it provides a safe haven, support, legal advice, and services for soldiers harassed due to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.

  5. John(Derbyshire) 21 Apr 2010, 1:05pm

    Thank God I live in Europe. USA will always have to cope with these religious bigots.

  6. I am not sure I am completely comfortable with Pinknews describing the circumstances around Lt. Choi’s previous arrest as a ‘stunt’. This to me gives flippant connotations to what is essentially a brave act of civil disobedience. These folks stand to lose out personally (in terms of legal consequences etc..) for intentionally engaging in an activity which hurts no one, but is neverthless (somehow)a legal transgression.

    Perhaps ‘brave act of civil disobedience’ is a better way to describe how they are manifesting their political, ethical and human statement?

  7. Jean-Paul Bentham 21 Apr 2010, 3:44pm

    Dan Choi, a role model of endurance.

    Thank you.

  8. Joe in California 21 Apr 2010, 4:00pm

    I salute them all for their non-violent protest. We should all stand up for our rights in a similar fashion. I truly believe that civil disobedience will escalate to everyone’s detriment before equal rights, laws and responsibilities are achieved. It happened in the 1960’s across the US with riots. You can only keep a minority down for so long before they stand up and fight for their rights.

  9. Ward and George in Hawaii 21 Apr 2010, 4:10pm

    Aloha Friends,

    We are unconditionally proud and admiring of Dan Choi and his stalwart friends! The opposition from the pusillanimous pinks of the arrogant ‘Human Rights Campaign is, in our view, a mark of distinction of validation.

    An EQUAL standing before the law in our republic in not something to be dithered over, to be compromised.

    “It is ALWAYS the right time to do the right thing” Martin Luther King.

    Ward and George
    54 Years together,
    And yet,
    Strangers before the law!

  10. @Richard [Comment 6] – I totally agree with you. To refer to this protest as a ‘stunt’ is belittling and demeaning. To bravely stand up for the same rights accorded to others is NOT a ‘stunt’!

  11. Jean-Paul Bentham 21 Apr 2010, 11:16pm

    Another historic moment.

  12. Last week Pink”News” chose not to tell you about a police investigation into goings on at the Glasgow LGBT Centre. There is more in the news today – – will PinkNews report it and if no then what’s in it for them in sitting on a significant LGBT-related story?

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