Join us for the 13th Annual Acclaim Awards on Saturday, September 24th and be inspired by 2011 Keynote Speaker Lt. Dan Choi!
Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point Graduate, Infantry Officer, a linguist fluent in Arabic, and a veteran of two Iraq tours. He is also the recipient of our 2011 Acclaim Award for National Political Activism.
Lt. Choi was discharged from the Army National Guard under the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. The US Army issued a letter informing him that he was being dismissed, it said, in part, quote, “sufficient basis exists to initiate action for withdrawal of federal recognition in the Army National Guard for moral or professional dereliction. Specifically, you admitted publicly that you are a homosexual, which constitutes homosexual conduct. Your actions negatively affected the good order and discipline of the New York Army National Guard.” This outrageous allegation inspired Dan to become an exemplary LGBT activist. Since being discharged from the military Lt. Choi founded an organization called Knights Out, formed by a group of West Point graduates, staff and faculty who are united in supporting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender soldiers to openly serve their country.
The Forum For Equality Acclaim Awards is proud to honor Lt. Dan Choi for his heroic commitment to the equality and welfare of the LGBT community. This is a great opportunity for our members, supporters and friends to come out and enjoy an evening of truly heroic inspiration.
The Gala will be held the evening of Saturday, September 24th at the beautiful JW Marriott Hotel in downtown New Orleans! Click Here to purchase tickets!