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Gay Activist Lt Dan Choi Takes a Break 2010

By Charlotte Robinson, December 16, 2009
Lt Dan Choi was admitted to the psychiatric ward at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Brockton, Mass., telling supporters in an email that he had experienced a "breakdown & anxiety attack." He wrote on friend Pam Spaulding's website, Pam's House Blend, that he had been betrayed by "elected leaders & gay organizations as well as many who have exploited my name." This has been a very stressful time for all gay activists especially with the emotional rollercoaster ride of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. We wish him the best...:) Updates to Come….
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1 comment:

Dan Choi said...

I wanted you to know because you are important to me and I think you can explain my situation best to those in our community who may be still interested. I was involuntarily committed to the Brockton MA Veterans Hospital Psychiatric Ward on Friday Morning after experiencing a breakdown and anxiety attack. ...

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.

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