Dan Choi

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    August 8, 2013
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    May 28, 2013

    Gustavo's Latest "Orange County Line" for KCRW: On the State of Gay OC!

    This infernal rag has done much to cover OC's LGBT community in its 18 years, but "America's Gayest County!" from 2004 is a good start-off point. Of course, OC being OC, the good always comes with the bad, so my latest KCRW-FM 89.9 commentary used the recent disturbing news that hate crimes against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Lt. Dan Choi Not Celebrating Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    ​With the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, you'd think the leading opponent of the policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military would be celebrating.But Tustin's Dan Choi, the Army National Guard lieutenant who was discharged from his upper New York state unit in 2010 for ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Lt. Dan Choi's White House Fence-Chaining Case May Be Dismissed

    ​Army Reserve Lt. Dan Choi was arrested in November for chaining himself to a fence around the White House, and the former Tustin resident claims the government is still pressing its case against him in federal court because he is gay and outspoken against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."On Wednesday, Cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Lt. Dan Choi Salutes Andrew Breitbart's Penis

    ​Last October, our big sistah paper, the Village Voice of New York, ran a cover story on Dan Choi, the former Tustin resident and openly gay Army Reserve lieutenant who has repeatedly made national headlines defying the military's since-mothballed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.But, as we reporter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Obama Signs "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal

    ​As expected, President Barack Obama signed legislation today that repeals the 17-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. However, it could still take months for military officials to completely lift the old policy.Still, Ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Dan Choi Hospitalized, Blames "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Stress on Breakdown

    ​One of the country's most-prominent activists for the repeal of the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is being hospitalized for mental stress. Orange County native Lt. Dan Choi--discharged because he dared to come out--is in a VA facility seeking treatment, according to news repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Dan Choi: The Gay OC Soldier Who Won't Quit

    Choi: I'm baaaaack!​Dan Choi just won't give up.The 29-year-old, irrepressible Orange County resident is refusing to allow his homosexuality to block him from military service even though the Iraq War veteran was booted out of the Army National Guard in July under the Pentagon's ridiculous "don't ... More >>

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    October 14, 2010

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    October 12, 2010

    UPDATED: OC-Born Judge Throws Out 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    Anti-DADT activist and fired soldier Dan ChoiUpdate, Oct. 12, 1:02 p.m.: Riverside federal judge Virginia Phillips has double-downed on her initial ruling against Don't Ask, Don't Tell, issuing a worldwide injunction barring enforcement of the rule. The government has sixty days to appeal, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Prop 8 Debate Devolves Into Gay Whac-A-Mole

    Happily tossing everything but the kitchen sink at gay citizens​Nothing drags out the vitriol like a discussion about homosexuality, and the ongoing debate over the constitutionality of anti-gay marriage Prop. 8 in California has driven sentiment to new lows.We know that here at the Weekly, where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Lt. Dan Choi Makes Daily Show Cameo

    ​Last night, in a segment brilliantly titled "Gay Reichs," Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones examined the claims made by one Scott Lively: that the nazis were gay. It includes the invention of the excellent term "glitzkrieg."Towards the second half, Tustin military-man-turned-gay-rights-activis ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Army Lt. Dan Choi is Discharged

    ​Army Lieutenant, Westpoint grad, Arabic translator, Tustin native and gay activist Dan Choi received notice that he's been honorably discharged from the Army National Guard under "Don't Ask Don't Tell."The Iraq war veteran, who came out more than a year ago on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Move Over, Orly: Dan Choi Subpoenas Obama

    ​Lt. Dan Choi wants to drag President Obama into court.But the Tustin High grad, out Army officer and gay activist is not challenging the Kenyan's place of birth with his subpoena. (Sorry, Orly.) Facing the music in the case we wrote about here, when Choi was arrested for chaining himself to a Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Lt. Dan Choi of Tustin Arrested for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Stunt at White House

    UPDATE: Details released for protest in Irvine in support of Lt. Dan Choi and other activists (see below) . . . Clockwork is no expert on military jurisprudence, so does anyone know if getting arrested for chaining oneself to a White House gate--while in uniform, mind you--makes one just as likely t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Do Tell! Lt. Dan Choi Back on Active Duty

    Lt. Dan Choi​Several websites are reporting that out U.S. Army National Guard Lieutenant Dan Choi of Tustin has been called back to active duty.

  • News

    November 19, 2009
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    July 7, 2009

    Lt. Dan Choi on KPFK-FM 90.7 at 4:20 p.m. TODAY

    Sorry for the late notice, but you can hear Army Lt. Dan Choi, who's recently made headlines for challenging the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy," today at 4:20 p.m. on KPFK-FM 90.7, online at It's a pre-recorded segment, and one where you immediately get the warmth of the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Lt. Dan Choi on His "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Setback

    Former Tustin resident Lt. Dan Choi issued the following statement regarding a military panel in New York recommending he be discharged from the Army: Dear friend -- I've got some bad news. After 10 years of service to our country--including leading combat patrols, rebuilding schools and transl ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Military Board Recommends Discharge for Tustin's Lt. Dan Choi

    A military board meeting in Syracuse, New York, tonight recommended that federal recognition of New York National Guard Lt. Dan Choi as an officer be withdrawn, a move that would result in the former Tustin resident's discharge from the service. Choi's supposed high crime was publicly admitting to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell Victim Choi Seeks Additional Support

    Tustin's Dan Choi, who turned up in previous Navel Gazing posts here and (hilariously) here, is famously battling to remain an Army lieutenant despite having come out as a gay American. He has received 141,262 online signatures of support for his recent letter to President Obama seeking the Commande ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Oh, THAT's Why The Army Fired OC Native Dan Choi

    Last night, the Daily Show provided its trademark dose of clarity regarding the case of Lt. Dan Choi, a graduate of Tustin High School and West Point. Choi's an Iraq War veteran and was working for the military as an Arabic translator -- until he announced that he's gay. The ensuing media frenzy has ... More >>