A group of graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point came out in support of the right of gays, lesbians and transgender individuals who wish to continue serving their nation but are tired of being compelled to either remain silent or lie. Lt. Dan Choi,said “we’re publicly announcing our sexuality, our orientation. It’s just one part of wqho we are in saying that we are standing to be counted.” Thirty eight members of Knights Out are following the example of similar groups at the Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy who have announced their sexual orientation. Choi made clear his group was prepared to accept the consequence of their statements.
There is now a Service Academy Gay and Lesbian Alumni social network which is working to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which began under President Clinton. Most polls indicate the majority of Americans have swung over to supporting the right of gays and lesbians to serve in the military force. Isn’t it about time Congress and the President listened to the voice of the people?