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Lt. Dan Choi will talk ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ during NIU visit for LGBT Awareness Month

April 15, 2011
Dan Choi

Dan Choi

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” activist Lt. Dan Choi will visit NIU Monday, April 25, to speak as part of the LGBT Resource Center’s April LGBT Awareness Month.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7 p.m. in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center.

Choi was thrust into the national spotlight March 19, 2009, when he came out on the Rachael Maddow Show. Since then, he has been advocating for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy,  which prohibited him and other non-heterosexual individuals from serving openly in the military.

In this lecture, Choi will share his dynamic personal story of military service, honor, sexual orientation, race and the drive to stand up for those whose voices have been silenced.

This event is co-sponsored with NIU’s Campus Activities Board, Student Association, Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Prism, Military Student Services, Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services, the Asian American Center, the Latino Resource Center, Unity in Diversity, College of Law-Gay/Straight Alliance, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb Social Justice Committee, and the Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) DeKalb County Chapter.

NIU’s LGBT Resource Center serves as a vital link where LGBTQ individuals can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about LGBTQ identity and culture. It strives to create an inclusive campus community by providing support services, educational programs, advocacy and opportunities for leadership development.

For more information, call (815) 753-5428 or e-mail [email protected]