It was with much pride and support that members of the Upper Delaware GLBT group who marched on Washington for Equality Across America this past October, posed with Lt. Dan Choi.
On March 19, 2009, Lt. Choi came out on the Rachel Maddow Show, an act of bravery for which no military decoration was awarded. Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran is one of only eight in his class fluent in Arabic. In spite of his record and value, one month after appearing on Maddow's show he was notified that the Army began discharge proceedings.
The Cadet's prayer taught him to "choose the harder right over the easier wrong." Standing firm and following the Honor Code, Choi refused to lie about his identity.
Choi has since become an activist for GLBT rights and an icon for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. On March 18, 2010 he handcuffed himself to the fence in front of the White House as part of his effort for this cause. Following his arrest Choi told the Judge "Your Honor, I plead not guilty and I am not ashamed." The chains around his waist and handcuffs were removed. While walking out he said "I feel dignified...to wear the chains others have been wearing but can't see."
The Upper Delaware GLBT Center stands with Lt. Choi in fighting for equal rights for gays and lesbians and for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.