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Dan Choi hospitalized

By | 2018-01-16T03:21:10-05:00 December 23rd, 2010|News|

Leading ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ activist Dan Choi said Dec. 14 that he was committed to a veterans hospital psychiatric ward on Dec. 10, the day after the U.S. Senate again refused to authorize repeal of the DADT ban on open gays in the military.
On Dec. 18, the Senate reversed course and voted 65-31 to authorize the repeal. (See separate story.)
In an on-the-record e-mail sent from his iPhone, Choi said he had experienced “a breakdown and anxiety attack.”
“(T)he 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,” Choi wrote. “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.”
Choi was released from the hospital several days later and sounded like himself in a telephone interview with CNN on Dec. 18.

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