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  1. Frank says

    Was there at the canal parade. I knew I recognized him on the float. If you guys have never been to Amsterdam pride you missing out. It’s one of the best prides I’ve ever been too. The whole city celebrates it.

  2. Dxx says

    Dan Choi should come with a caveat like a DVD commentary:

    “The bitter, self-aggrandizing views expressed by Mr. Choi do not represent the views of Americans, gay men, lesbians, transgendered persons or the US Military.”

  3. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    Does anyone with current knowledge of his military status and current regulations know if Choi’s wearing of his US Army uniform is legal, and compliant with the UCMJ?

    Or, is he just parading aground in a fake Army costume?

  4. K in VA says

    Why is Dan Choi still wearing a uniform? I don’t know if that’s legal, but it’s definitely fraudulent.

    He’s done some good for our cause, no doubt about that. But his inability to control his hot head has also harmed us on a few occasions. And going abroad and posing as a current American soldier does no good for our still-closted troops, for our country, or for our cause.

    All it does, really, is get Dan Choi some press coverage (in Europe, at least). Or was that, really, his real aim?

  5. Roberto says

    I hope he is having sex everywhere he goes… I hate him for having fun all over the world… protesting with russians… blah blah… he is everywhere…. hahaha.

  6. Tone says

    I was all ready to defend Dan Choi from the bitter queens here… but as I thought about it I realized that I’m getting tired of his divisive reactionary politics too. Until Dan Choi comes up with some new material, or at least some fresh rhetoric, I’ve had enough of him for a while.

  7. Rational says

    Where does he get the money to travel to all of the international events he goes to…I have a tough time getting to New Jersey, and I live in NYC. Does he have a job now? Who is paying for all of these trips, and also keeping up his domestic bills at home…has anyone followed the money?

  8. says

    Sometimes I prefer Dan Choi’s direct approach as opposed to… Joe Solomnese and his band of privileged uber-white hetero-normative protege’s seeming inaction. I think that both are needed extremes in the fight for equal rights. Think Magneto vs. Professor X, haha.

  9. Robert in NYC says

    A first for Holland, but the UK beat them to it on July 5, 2011 when all three branches of the UK military, airforce, army and navy marched in uniform. That was the first ever, nine years after British gays were first allowed to serve openly.

  10. SFR says

    Good question about who is financially backing him. They are probably writing it off as a tax-deductible charity. Choi is also getting ready to sell his book. The book is about him. Why anyone would find a book interesting about a man who could not get promoted in the military during time of war is beyond me.

  11. JNJ says

    He should not be in uniform, it is against regulations according to his discharge. Unless… he has altered his uniform (not wearing rank, or misplaced award, etc.) then he is in “costume” – as an actor would be in a movie. But still, he should know better.

  12. James E. Pietrangelo, II says

    You people (previous negative commentators) are pathetic.

    You’re talking out your asses as usual.

    You sit at your computers all day making anonymous, un-informed, petty snipes at someone like Dan Choi so that you can forget that you don’t do a thing yourselves to improve this world because you lack the courage to.

    You need to grow up and stop being jealous of people who do have the courage to do something.

    Dan’s wearing of the uniform clearly was neither illegal nor “fraudulent.” US law and military regulation expressly allow honorably separated combat-veterans to wear their uniforms at ceremonies. Dan–unlike probably all of you commentators–is a combat veteran, having served under fire in the Iraq War for 15 months. And what Dan participated in in Amsterdam was an OFFICIAL Netherlands Government ceremony, a Netherlands Military float recognizing equality. Dan had EVERY right to wear his uniform. He EARNED that right by honorably serving his country and putting his life on the line for his country. Being able to wear the uniform after service is one of the benefits accorded to those who have the courage to defend democracy. Appropriately, it is not one of the benefits accorded to those who sit on their asses all day making anonymous snide remarks about others.

    Also, Dan in fact does represent many Americans, and many LGBT Americans, and so it was appropriate that he be in an ambassadorial role at the Amsterdam Pride. Many (Gay) Americans respect Dan and gladly have him represent us because Dan didn’t sit on his ass all day making anonymous snide comments about others but got out there and put his liberty and life on the line in fighting against discrimination. His efforts contributed significantly to getting the advancements that we have gotten–more justification for why he approrpiately wears the uniform.

    Finally, Dan’s participation in these events like Moscow and Amsterdam Pride clearly has nothing to do with self-promotion. Anyone who knows Dan or who has half a brain and can analyze the LGBT civil-rights movement objectively knows that Dan is simply continuing to speak up and lead the fight against discrimination against LGBT people–in American and globally. It speaks volumes about Dan’s courage and commitment and contribution to LGBT equality that OTHER countries recognize him in such a manner. Dan was INVITED to be on the official Netherlands Military float. Were any of you negative commentators invited to be on anything other than your chairs in front of your computers to which you invited yourselves? No, because nobody gives a damn about some pathetic commentator sitting in front of his computer making anonymous snide remarks.

    What I want to know is how many of you people are paid by the Obama camp to smear civil-rights activists by sitting on your asses all day making anonymous false remarks about them.

    I for one thank Dan for his courage.

  13. say what says

    @james E, pietroangeloor is that Dan Choi

    Dan needs to stop having his nervous breakdowns because he cant reconcile his born again xtianista republican self with his gay self

    Just saying

  14. says

    Oooooooooh, the Barackroaches are really out in force this morning, kicking their six legs like angry Rockettes on crack. Sorry, kids, he’s rightly famous and respected and you’re nobody. He was invited to be a special guest at this year’s Amsterdam Pride—and you weren’t. He remains a guest on Maddow, Cooper, ad infinitum while you sit on the other side of the screen in your skid marked old Calvins. He walks—you talk—hiding behind screen names and with your heads up your asses. If he were praising Your Lord & Savior Obama Christ instead of pulling the curtain back from Barry’s betrayals of his promises to gays you’d be applauding.

    Wait, wait—before you embarrass yourselves further: tell me again why Obama is STILL trying to kill the court ruling that DADT is unconstitutional even tho that ruling being upheld is the only thing that could prevent a future administration from bringing it back.

  15. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    “…(d) A person who is discharged honorably or under honorable conditions from the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may wear his uniform while going from the place of discharge to his home, within three months after his discharge.

    (e) A person not on active duty who served honorably in time of war in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title, and, when authorized by regulations prescribed by the President, wear the uniform, of the highest grade held by him during that war.
    …”

    Unless he’s on in-active status and still-commissioned I think it MIGHT BE illegal. Honorably-discharged and not on active duty are two very different legal-statuses

  16. Bans Gender says

    Mr. Pietragelo, I have been an advocate for equality in the military since I first saw top gun pilot Tracy Thorne stand up as a proud gay man on Nightline when I was a kid 20 years ago. It helped me realize being gay and loving your country was okay. What I think has chaffed some people is that Dan continues to attack the current administration for not acting fast enough after the victory bringing DADT to an end. I don’t support the Obama administration generally because I don’t like Democrats. Still this administration ended DADT. Period. So it seems like a logic disconnect for Dan to keep flaming flames rather than touring the country as a recruiter of future LGBT patriots who can serve out and proud, etc. Now that we have a crack in the door, the best way to kick it in and keep it open is to have gay service members serve openly and change public opinion, not depend on what’s en vogue politically.

    And Michael, to answer your last question, it’s because POTUS is a politician who wants to be reelected while trying to use his power to support what he says he believes. Clinton signed DOMA just before the ’96 elections which was a huge blow, yet at the time DADT was a compromise to lifting the ban and seen as a step forward. Gradualism sucks but it’s where we live brother.

  17. SFR says

    Choi’s wearing of his uniform is NOT legal under title 10 US Code, just ask any cadet at West Point, they all know the right answer, nor was it appropriate when Pietrangelo and Choi protested at the White House. Unfortunately, it is not worth the Army’s time to prosecute, so he gets by, only being confronted by peers in person

    The gay cadets at USNA are shamed by a gay alumni who is bringing discredit upon them, a grad who could not make the rank of Captain in 6 years, when most make it in three years these days.

    Someone needs to expose the source of funding Choi is receiving, as his shenanagans are not helping the LGBT service members start off with the fine reputation for service they rightfully deserve.

  18. BobN says

    Call me confused, but I appreciate what Dan Choi did in the past, even though I think he would have done more good by being less belligerent and going with the flow — he could have been the poster boy for gay service members. He does good, overall, even though I think some of it is ill-advised.

    BUT what he did here, appearing in uniform in Amsterdam, was wrong. He is not serving. He is not within his rights to wear his uniform in public like that. And, MOST IMPORTANTLY, he took the honor that belongs to members of the military who are still serving when they can appear in next year’s celebrations as the first gay American service members serving openly and celebrating Pride in uniform.

  19. Artie Rimbaud says

    @ James E. Pietrangelo, II

    Re your quote; “What I want to know is how many of you people are paid by the Obama camp to smear civil-rights activists by sitting on your asses all day making anonymous false remarks about them.”

    Who in the hell do you think you are claiming that anyone who disagrees with you is a paid operative? Who in the hell do you think you are to claim that no one could disagree with you in good faith? If anyone sounds like a paid operative from the Republican National Committee, it’s you. Obviously you want Obama’s Republican opponent to win in 2012. I think reasonable people would question whether that outcome is beneficial for LGBT voters. Yes, you chained yourself to the White House fence and, in doing so, you did some good. Maybe it’s time for you to stop being a robot for Mitt Romney.

    @ Michael Bedwell,

    Give up your vendetta for defeating your straight, female diva, Joan Crawford. You’re still stuck back in the 2008 primaries when Hillary lost. (She would have slapped the Pentagon generals around like Joan Crawford, blah, blah, blah, BS). Michael, your worship of straight females is becoming a laughing stock.

  20. Artie Rimbaud says

    @ James E. Pietrangelo, II,

    You’ve disgraced yourself. In your comment above, you’ve publicly declared that LGBT voters and their allies who disagree with your Republican-sponsored outcome for the White House in 2012 are “paid” political operatives. In doing this, you’ve desecrated the very democratic dialogue that you purport to uphold. (That’s “democratic” with a small “d”.) Does any commenter see any reason why they should take your comments seriously in the future? I think not. Please don’t spread your disgrace further.

  21. reality says

    There are a few (like 3?) people who are defending Choi here … Everyone else is sick of him. Please take notice, bloggers. Choi is just a self-promoter trying to keep his name in papers and blogs. #Tired

  22. reality says

    and LOL, “JAMES E. PIETRANGELO, II” thinks the Obama Campaign would waste its time creating fake comments on blogs? Give me a break, you’re clueless on how campaigns work! You’re probably one of Choi’s few minions.

  23. truthteller says

    @ AMES E. PIETRANGELO

    Well done. Choi is a hero and you are right to call the haters on their petty jealousy of a real American hero. They call Choi a Republican in an effort to shame him but the real closet Republican is Obama. He has continued the Bush policies and these tools don’t even realize they are defending right-wing policies.

    Viva Choi!

  24. Artie Rimbaud says

    @ “Truthteller”,

    Nice username. Regarding your quote, “the real closet Republican is Obama. He has continued the Bush policies”.

    I didn’t realize that repealing DADT and filing a very enthusiastic legal brief last month *against* DOMA were Bush policies. I’m sure Bush would be surprised to hear about that too. And you’re itching for the Republicans to retake the White House and take LGBT rights in the opposite direction? Quisling.

  25. Bill says

    Choi is illegally wearing a uniform he disgraced by violating Army Regulations. He is no longer authorized to wear this uniform. It does not matter if you agree or disagree with DADT; it was the law of the land at that time. He will not be allowed to rejoin the Army. The Dutch military members I work with are not as cool with gays in the service as the media likes to report. The general feeling is that gays are demanding not equal treatment but rather special treatment. In general, no one seems to care about lesbians in the Dutch Army; it is pretty much expected that if you are a woman and you make a career of the Army you are a lesbian. Unfortunately, women are still heavily discriminated against in the Dutch Army; they rarely attain the senior ranks. My Dutch colleagues found the Ministrie van Defensie participation in the Gay Pride parade to be embarrassing and stupid.

  26. A serving officer says

    Former 1LT Choi:

    I don’t want you in my Army. Not because you are gay, but because you were passed over twice for CPT. The promotion rate to CPT is almost 100%, and I’ve even seen some pretty bad officers make it on the second look. Face it, you aren’t a good officer. You should have pinned CPT with your USMA peers on 1 July 2006, yet you were separated from the active Army in 2008. You didn’t come out on Maddow until 2009 when you were in the NYARNG. Also, you shouldn’t wear the uniform as you do. Read US Code and AR 670-1, paragraph 30-4.

    An Army Major

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