Dismissed Soldier to Discuss Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy
March 11, 2010
SELINSGROVE—Lt. Dan Choi will discuss his opposition to the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy in a talk March 23 at 8 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Center Theater. Choi’s discussion of “Truth and Consequences: One Man's Fight to Openly Serve His Country” will include a question-and-answer session. Sponsored by Susquehanna’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, the event is free and open to the public.
A West Point graduate and Iraq veteran who is fluent in Arabic, Choi served under DADT for 10 years before announcing he was gay on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” in March 2009. Despite being one of only eight soldiers from his graduating class who majored in Arabic, one month after his announcement, Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him. With a final decision still pending, Choi now resides in New York City and has become a full-time activist for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
In addition to “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Choi has been featured on “The Daily Show” and National Public Radio, in the New York Times and other media outlets.
Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.
Karen M. Jones