Alex Blaze

Dan Choi hospitalized for nervous breakdown

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 15, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

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"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."


--Dan Choi


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Thanks Alex for posting Dan's quote. It is because of the bigots who keep holding back our fight to be equal that things like this happen. Queer people all too well know the pangs of mental health issues. Our oppressors want to say our 'sin' is why we go through times like these. The reality that only we know is that when the oppression gets to be too much - THAT is when we can crack. Otherwise we are just fine.

Dan is one of the bravest people I know. He is a risk taker - and a fully expressive human being not afraid to share the reality of the emotional toll he's experiencing.

Dan - if you're reading - know it WILL get better - because we will continue to rise up and WE THE PEOPLE will MAKE it better!

Dan Choi is my biggest hero. I probably spend an average of one hour per day fighting for my marriage. The politics and hypocrisy are maddening. I've personally made some wide swings. After years of backing the democrats, I recently gave up all together on government and am considering the tea-party movement, which might be a sign of my own mental breakdown. Dan Choi has been a wonder to me, the amount of personal suffering and risk he takes for himself, his community and to better the world is amazing. Clearly he's tied in so emotionally there's no possible result other than a mental breakdown.... or... just maybe.... we'll see Don't Ask Don't Tell go down this week. Then Dan can work on my marriage :-)

Thanks Dan. Rest. You deserve it.

I'm not questioning Dan Choi's enthusiasm, but this lunacy is counterproductive. From the threat to commit suicide by starvation to the handcuffs at the White House, these publicity stunts don't change any minds or garner any support.

I hope Dan gets the treatment he needs and focuses on activities or actions that help educate, enlighten and enroll people. We don't make progress by making scenes, we make progress by getting people to join us.

Get well.

Dan Choi deserves not only our respect for all that he has done, but for explaining the toll that those actions have taken on him personally!

AndrewW Positive change has taken place by individuals doing extraordinary things(often called Crazy People). Where would we be with out Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, or the Suffragettes.

* From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

*"Suffragettes carried out direct action such as chaining themselves to railings, setting fire to mailbox contents, smashing windows and on occasions setting off bombs. One suffragette, Emily Davison, died after she stepped out in front of the King's horse, Anmer, at the Epsom Derby of 1913. Many of her fellow suffragettes were imprisoned and went on hunger strikes, during which they were restrained and forcibly fed."

It is so strange that in this modern day the only way to Effect change is to use the old worn out methods that still work! Civil disobedience will work against a repressive government given enough time!

So please AndrewW explain your "lunacy is counterproductive. From the threat to commit suicide by starvation to the handcuffs at the White House, these publicity stunts don't change any minds or garner any support."
Maybe I just do not understand your conclusions?
Hopefully you could do a bit of research and explain your position?

Dan Choi Thank you! For putting yourself in the line of fire both in the military and in LBGT rights!

* From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rosa Parks - 1955
MLK - 1960s

This is 2010 Regina and the majority of Americans support our full equality. We don't need to employ childish publicity stunts or even civil disobedience. The "fight" is over. What we need to do is enroll and demonstrate the support that is available to us, not try to get more "attention" simply to earn a living as an "activist."

America knows about the LGBT community. They know about DADT. They know about DOMA. They are beginning to understand ENDA.

Dan Choi's theatrics don't change nay minds or garner any support. With this latest event I think he should be focused more on getting some medical help than getting more attention.

Maybe you could read this: http://advocate.com/Politics/Commentary/The_Majority_Report/

and share your thoughts.

I appreciate your question.

Rosa Parks - 1955
MLK - 1960s

This is 2010 Regina and the majority of Americans support our full equality. We don't need to employ childish publicity stunts or even civil disobedience. The "fight" is over. What we need to do is enroll and demonstrate the support that is available to us, not try to get more "attention" simply to earn a living as an "activist."

America knows about the LGBT community. They know about DADT. They know about DOMA. They are beginning to understand ENDA.

Dan Choi's theatrics don't change any minds or garner any support. With this latest event I think he should be focused more on getting some medical help than getting more attention.

Maybe you could read this: http://advocate.com/Politics/Commentary/The_Majority_Report/

and share your thoughts.

I appreciate your question.