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Gay Iraq war veteran speaks at Tacoma college tonight

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on Nov. 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm with No Comments »
November 10, 2009 2:26 pm
Photo courtesy of Gotham Artists
Photo courtesy of Gotham Artists

The University of Puget Sound this evening will host a free public talk by a gay Army lieutenant who has become the latest case study in the debate over the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

In March, Lt. Daniel Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Less than one month later, the Army said it would initiate discharge proceedings against him for violating the military’s policy on gays and lesbians in uniform, which allows them to serve as long as they keep their sexuality under wraps.

Choi has vowed to fight his discharge and has taken his cause to change Army policy to media including the Colbert Report, Anderson Cooper 360 and ABC News.

His UPS talk, titled “Truth and Consequences: One Man’s Fight to Openly Serve His Country,” starts at 7 p.m. in Rasmussen Rotunda in Wheelock Student Center. For directions, click here.

The event is sponsored by Diversity Theme Year and ASUPS Lectures.

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