Lt. Dan Choi drilled this weekend with his National Guard unit. Nothing remarkable about a soldier serving with his unit. Happens all the time. What makes Choi special is he became an activist for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT),” the 17-year-old policy which has led to the forced separation of over 13,000 soldiers.
President Obama called for the repeal of DADT during his State of the Union address and Secretary of the Defense Robert Gates testified in Congressional hearings that it was time for the policy to be ended and homosexuals be allowed to serve in the armed forces.
As if they haven’t already?
In my own military service I recall two guys who got caught screwing each other and the military police marching them out of the barracks. I never found out what happened to them but I had a pretty good guess. They probably got grilled by the base commander for information on other homosexuals lurking among us, given a general, administrative or bad conduct discharge and booted out with no possibility of collecting any G.I. Bill benefits no matter how good of a job they did before they got caught.
Everyone that has served in the military has served with gay men and women. You went through basic training with them. You ate with them. You slept in the same barracks with them. You showered, shit and shaved with them. You pounded beers with them and bummed smokes off of them. You told your bad homo jokes and they laughed at them even when they didn’t want to.
A flamboyant heterosexual who’s grabbing every woman’s ass within reach and bragging about how much pussy he gets and chicks he’s banged, bugs me just as much as a flamboyant homosexual. Maybe more.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) wrote an essay on The Huffington Post calling DADT a “discriminatory” policy that needs to be ended.
“… more than 400 service members were discharged from our armed services last year for no reason other than their sexual orientation. As we fight in two wars, it’s counter-productive, dangerous, and expensive to discharge men and women who have critical skills we need to win those wars, just because they’re gay,” Udall said.
Gay men like Lt. Dan Choi volunteered to serve their country and if necessary, lay down his life to protect it. Why should what he does behind closed doors as an consenting adult be a reason to kick him out. Anyone who thinks DADT is such a great idea but never wore the uniform and saluted the flag really needs to shut up instead of criticizing someone who has the courage they lack.
Welcome back Lt. Choi.