In July, Lieutenant Choi was discharged from the military for publicly declaring his homosexuality. In this interview with Atlantic Deputy Editor Scott Stossel, he reveals why he came out and explains the most insidious effects of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
The Atlantic, November 2010
I knew about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but it wasn't until Iraq that I pondered whether I should come out. I thought, You know, I could die at any moment here. One of my friends did die, and I was sitting at the memorial service, thinking, Here I am in this very dangerous area. When am I going to start living my life?