Video: Lt. Dan Choi still fighting
to resume Army career after DADT © April 15, 2011, Norwich University Office of Communications
Lt. Dan Choi, one of the most impassioned voices in the fight to see the military’s Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy repealed, broke the seal on Norwich University’s first Speak Week.
Choi, an Arabic linguist who worked as an interpreter in Iraq, lost his job in the Army after announcing his sexual preference on a television show. Since then, he has worked to assert the rights of gay men and women to serve in the military. Months after DADT was repealed, Choi continues to speak publicly and hopes to have his job reinstated.
At Norwich on April 5, 2011, Choi’s voice filled the cavernous hockey arena, attended by Norwich’s Corps of Cadets. Drawing parallels between the efforts of soldiers to foster acceptance between Shiite and Sunni muslims in Iraq and the DADT debate, Choi said the conflict was about people’s right to present themselves truthfully without consequences.
This video shows highlights from his speech.
Speak Week, organized by a committee of students and staff, was a series of events and activities designed to promote a healthy campus climate, bringing attention to issues such as diversity, sexual violence, health and substance abuse.