Dan Choi

American activist

Daniel "Dan" Choi (born February 22 1981) is a former American infantry officer in the United States Army who served in combat in the Iraq war during 2006–2007. He became an LGBT rights activist following his coming out on The Rachel Maddow Show in March 2009 and has publicly challenged America's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, which forbade lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) service members from serving openly.

Don Choi in 2009


  • People say it is inappropriate for me to get arrested in uniform, but to me it is the validation of all that I signed up to do. I say what I had to go through is what tarnishes the uniform more than anything.
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