Army National Guard Lieutenant Dan Choi, gay activist and de facto face of the movement to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is currently being hospitalized–involuntarily committed to the psychiatric ward of the VA Medical Center in Brockton, MA following a “nervous breakdown” and “anxiety attack.”
Choi released a statement to colleague/blogger Pam Spaulding:
I did not initially want to publicize this but I now realize it is critical for our community to know several things: veterans gay or straight carry human burdens, Activists share similar burdens, no activist should be portrayed as super human, and the failures of government and national lobbying carry consequences far beyond the careers and reputations of corporate leaders, elected officials, High powered lobbyists, or political elites. They ruin lives. My breakdown was a result of a cumulative array of stressors but there is no doubt that the composite betrayals felt on Thursday, by elected leaders and gay organizations as well as many who have exploited my name for their marketing purposes have added to the result. I am certain my experience is not an isolated incident within the gay veteran community.
At the same time, those who have been closest to me know that I truly appreciate their gracious help and mentorship. I am indebted to their hospitality and leadership.
If you could share the info and sentiment I’d be most grateful.
Our support and thoughts are with Dan right now–we get it, we get you; just get well.
Naturally, we think a few thanks are in order.
Thank you, America. Thanks, White House. Thank you, fearmongers. Thank you, homophobes. Thank you, Senate. More specifically, thank you John McCain! Thanks, Scott Brown, you cad! Can we also thank the fillibuster? We can’t go without thanking Elaine Donnelly and the Center For Military Readiness. Hell, thanks, Log Cabin Republicans, for supporting politicians that refuse to support you. Basically, thanks go out to damn near everybody, and if you don’t think you have anything to do with Dan Choi being pushed to hospitalization, you’re wrong.
The lesson here is that DADT is bigger than one person, and the rest of us aren’t off the hook simply because one man is willing to bear the burden of standing up publicly against a policy we all know in our hearts is wrong. WE ARE ALL PART OF THIS SHAMEFUL SITUATION and the epic inability to find any real resolution. So… thanks to us, to all of us.
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