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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.

LGBT, Proud, and American

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.

Rep. Says Military Should Repeal DADT's Dishonorable Discharges

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

Celebs Ask, 'Are You Bradley Manning?'

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

Op-ed: How S.F. Pride Has Failed Bradley Manning

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

Op-ed: Bradley Manning and Queer Collaboration

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.

Op-ed: My Friend, Dan Choi

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.

Dan Choi Fined $100 For 2010 White House DADT Protest

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

Maj. Mike Almy, Discharged Under DADT, Reaches Settlement

The former Air Force Major's settlement is the third and final in a lawsuit challenging military discharges under the since-repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

Man Discharged Under DADT Gets Inaugural Role

David Hall, a gay man who has spent years fighting for full LGBT military equality, was named National Citizen Co-Chair by Obama's inaugural committee.

Discharged Gay Service Members Win Pay in Settlement

Under a legal settlement announced today, military personnel who saw their separation pay cut in half because they were discharged for being gay will be compensated with the remainder.

WATCH Meet The Gay Marine Whose Homecoming Kiss Went Viral

A photo of Sgt. Brandon Morgan kissing his boyfriend, Dalan Wells, went viral in February as a visual symbol of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.