Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lt. Daniel Choi writes to Congress, President Obama

Last week, the U.S. Army discharged National Guard Lt. Daniel Choi because he came out as a gay man, despite him having served in Iraq and being fluent in Arabic.

He wrote the following letter to Congress and President Obama:

As an infantry officer, I am not accustomed to begging. But I beg you today: Do not fire me. Do not fire me because my soldiers are more than a unit or a fighting force – we are a family and we support each other. We should not learn that honesty and courage leads to punishment and insult. Their professionalism should not be rewarded with losing their leader. I understand if you must fire me, but please do not discredit and insult my soldiers for their professionalism.

When I was commissioned I was told that I serve at the pleasure of the President. I hope I have not displeased anyone by my honesty. I love my job. I want to deploy and continue to serve with the unit I respect and admire. I want to continue to serve our country because of everything it stands for.

Please do not wait to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Please do not fire me.

Please, urge President Obama to take action on this now. No one should have to beg to keep a job that they did well, just because another aspect of themselves has been realized. This is unacceptable.

h/t Shakesville.

1 comment:

INTPanentheist said...

As a United States Marine (IRR) who served with many quietly gay or bisexual individuals, and whose ex-husband was discharged for homosexual admission because he simply did not feel welcome, this issue is close to my heart.

These people deserve better. And they deserve it now.