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Peter Tatchell: ‘Dan Choi’s $100 fine is a victory for him but he’s been left exhausted’

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  1. Another gay hero for our history books.

  2. It is a victory, so hopefully he can move on now.

    The article reminded me Clinton signed both DADT and DOMA into law – what a sad pathetic hypocritical president he was – hardly Lincoln.

    1. DADT was seriously flawed and it’s great that it’s been repealed.

      However, at the time it did represent a limited form of progress. Just like Civil Unions / Civil Partnerships in fact !

      It was probably all that Clinton could reasonably have been expected to achieve at that time, half a loaf being better than no bread. So I don’t think we should judge him too harshly on DADT, the whole climate was just too hostile back then.

      1. The climate was hostile when Lincoln abolished slavery – but he did it. Any president has it in his power to change America – Clinton didn’t, he was too busy with his cigars. But you’re right to a degree – compared to Bush 1 or 2, Clinton was an Angel, so I’m not judging him harshly. But this is about Dan, not Clinton, he’s the hero here.

  3. Shame they couldn’t have just given him a caution, or whatever the US equivalent happens to be.

    Still, it seems a pretty derisory punishment, equivalent to no more than overstaying at a parking meter, so it could have been far worse.

    Presumably it will not be a bar to his rejoining the military? That’s the real issue.

  4. Good Job Peter.

  5. Wasn’t it a complete and utter nonsense though. Another homophobic chapter laid to rest thank goodness. Even though I despair at what the U.S. military gets up to I have real admiration for Dan Choi’s perseverance.

  6. It is not helpful to call Dan’s nervous breakdown in court by the euphemism “exhaustion.” He has been suffering from PTSD. In court, he behaved bizarrely and was then taken to a hospital. He deserves our honor and respect. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. More information may be found at glbtq.com: http://www.glbtq.com/blogs/lt_dan_choi_convicted_fined_hospitalized.html

  7. Thank you, Dan – for your bravery overseas and at home. Time to focus on your health now.

    You’ve won the fight of those like Leonard Matlovich, on whose tomb in the Congressional Ceremony it reads:

    “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”

  8. Dan Choi is like a gay Rosa Parkes. I admire him so much more than these idiot pop star “celebrities”.

  9. Sorry Peter just found this piece. I am on Dan’s email list so saw other Pink News piece today re his appeal.
    Thank you so much this is a wonderful piece. Sharing it today.

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