You might have noticed last week that I didn’t write about Lt. Dan Choi, the gay military officer who chained himself to the White House in protest of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Honestly, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the whole thing. While I certainly hate both Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the HRC, there’s something about chaining yourself to a monument that seems a little unnecessarily self-aggrandizing to me. But Choi’s latest interview in Newsweek is pure gold. I completely love this man! Who cares if he’s self-aggrandizing? He might be Gay Jesus!
Within the gay community so many leaders want acceptance from polite society. I think there’s been a betrayal of what is down inside of us in order to achieve what looks popular, what look enviable. The movement seems to be centered around how to become an elite. There is a deep schism [in the gay-rights movement], everyone knows this. But this shouldn’t be about which group has better branding. There is a tremor right now in every gay and transgender youth that these groups are not grasping. I would say to them–you do not represent us if all you are looking for is a ladder in to elite society…
They say freedom is not free, but it doesn’t have to cost anything either. Jesus up on the cross did not have a party with all his major donors to raise money for his cause, his cross was free. Ghandi did not need three-course dinners and a cocktail party to get his message out. These are people who sacrificed their lives. For them it was hemlock, a cross, the bullet that shot Harvey Milk … it was not the size of their distribution list, but their message that endured…