Barack Obama - Sunday 27th June 2010

*file photo* Choi discharged from U.S. Army for violating Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy Lieutenant Daniel Choi has been formally discharged from his post in the New York Army National Guard after violating America's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy by 'coming out' about his sexuality. The U.S. Army officer, who served in the Iraq war between 2006 and 2007, defied military rules when he announced he was gay during an appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show in March 2009 and publicly challenged the controversial policy, which forbids lesbian, bisexual and gay service members to serve openly. Army chiefs sent him a discharge letter following the incident, prompting Choi to appeal to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress and stage a series of protests. He returned to serve in the National Guard reserve unit earlier this year (10) as his discharge had yet to be processed, while he continued his efforts to have the decision overturned. However, his protests fell on deaf ears and his dismissal was finalised on 29 June (10) - two days after he served as the Grand Marshal for the 2010 New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride March. (MT/WNWC) Lt. Dan Choi 41st Annual NYC Gay Pride March in Midtown New York City, USA - 27.06.10 (3 images)

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