Lt. Dan Choi LGBT Rights Activist West Point Speaks At Harvard
TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES: One Man's Quest to Openly Serve his Country
On Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 6:00 PM in the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum, at Harvard University Institute of Politics, Lt. Dan Choi will deliver a public address, "TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES: One Man's Quest to Openly Serve his Country".
Choi, a West Point graduate, Iraq veteran, and Arabic linguist was outed last year and his campaign since then to repeal DADT, the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has not stopped. He was recently arrested, along with Army Capt. James Pietrangelo, after he chained himself to a fence outside the White House after leading a group of protestors at a don't ask don't tell rally.
DADT is the common term for a 1993 federal law that allows members of the U.S. military to be discharged for the “propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts.” Those who keep their sexual orientation a secret are allowed to serve. According to SERVICEMEMBERS Legal Defense Network, more than 13,500 services members have been fired under the don't ask don't tell policy.
Journalists interested in covering the Forum should contact the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115 to reserve space on the press riser.