Since it was enacted in 1993, Don't ask, don't tell has been strenuously protested against and criticized by the LGBT community of the United States and its allies. The following is a list of publicized civil actions against the policy until December 2010, when it was repealed by an act of Congress.

List of protestsEdit

  • July 30, 1993, Miriam Ben-Shalom and 26 other protesters were arrested at the White House fence for protesting then-President Bill Clinton’s broken promise to repeal the gay ban – instead signing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” bill into law.
  • On March 18, 2010, Choi and another ousted military officer, Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, handcuffed themselves to the fence of the White House. They were eventually removed with the use of a master handcuff key and arrested.[1][2][3] Choi and Pietrangelo were initially set to be tried for "failure to obey a lawful order" on April 26, 2010.[4][5] Trial was postponed until July 14, at which time the charges against both men were dropped.[6]
  • On April 20, 2010, Choi and Pietrangelo again participated in a self-chaining protest on the White House fence with Petty Officer Larry Whitt, Petty Officer (Rtd.) Autumn Sandeen, Cadet Mara Boyd and Cpl. Evelyn Thomas. All six were removed with a master hand-cuff key and arrested.[7]
  • On May 27, 2010, Choi and Pietrangelo began a hunger strike until President Obama ends DADT and adds a non-discrimination policy to the military code.[8] They ended the hunger strike seven days later, with Choi saying, "The fast of the past seven days has been a success because people have been educated to the use of fasting as a tool to bring attention to a set of clear political and social demands."[9]


  1. "'Dan Choi Handcuffs Himself to White House In Don't Ask Don't Tell Protest'", Huffington Post, March 18, 2010. 
  2. Conant, Eve (March 18, 2010). Lt. Dan Choi Arrested at White House.
  3. Montopoli, Brian. "'Lt. Dan Choi Arrested at White House During Gay Rights Rally", CBS, March 18, 2010. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. 
  4. Najafi, Yusef (March 19, 2010). "Not Guilty, Not Ashamed and Not Finished". Metro Weekly.
  5. Conant, Eve (March 22, 2010). "Lt. Dan Choi on His Arrest Over DADT".
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  7. Montopoli, Brian. "'Dan Choi, Other Gay Rights Protesters Arrested After Chaining Selves to White House Fence'", CBS News, April 20, 2010. Archived from the original on July 28, 2012. 
  8. Conant, Eve (May 28, 2010). "House Approves Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'".
  9. "Choi Ends DADT Hunger Strike". The Advocate, June 2, 2010.
  10. [ 13 Arrested at White House Fence in Protest of DADT]. GetEQUAL (Monday November 15, 2010).

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