Dan Choi

Dan Choi is a former U.S. Army officer and Iraq war veteran. He became an LGBT rights activist following his coming out on The Rachel Maddow Show while challenging America's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, which forbade LGBT service members from serving openly in the military prior to 2012. See Dan Choi’s work as a founding member of Knights Out, an organization of West Point alumni supporting LGBT soldiers to serve openly. A speaker at numerous gay rights events, Choi was a outspoken advocate for marriage equality who was jailed while celebrating Pride with other activists in Russia in 2011.

A roundup of essays, commentaries, and op-eds from Advocate contributors and staffers, who give a sense of what it means to be an American.

July 04 2013 4:00 AM

Rep. Steve Israel called the practice a 'longtime injustice that needs to be righted.'

June 08 2013 12:55 PM

A new video asks whether anyone else would have taken the same actions that Manning did after witnessing what he did while serving overseas.

June 05 2013 2:08 PM

Writer Victoria A. Brownworth believes San Francisco Pride's messy grand marshal debacle makes a mockery out of the tradition of pride in general.

May 10 2013 5:00 AM

Rescinding Bradley Manning's invitation to be the grand marshal of San Francisco's big gay celebration is not what pride is all about, says Victoria Brownworth.

May 01 2013 3:59 AM

To many people, he's Lt. Dan Choi, gay activist and the face of the movement to end "don't ask, don't tell." To a fellow former solder, he's just Dan.

April 18 2013 4:31 AM

The former Army Leiutenant was convicted of failing to obey a lawful order, and ordered to pay a $100 fine.

March 28 2013 2:06 PM