Montclair State will celebrate its second annual Day of Unity on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Lt. Dan Choi will deliver the keynote address at 7:30 p.m., in Memorial Auditorium.
On March 19, 2009, Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced that he was gay on The Rachel Maddow Show. Because of three words "I am gay," Lt. Choi's life changed forever. Despite his extreme value as an Arabic speaker able to communicate quickly and clearly with the Iraqi people, one month after his announcement Lt. Dan Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him.
Lt. Choi has since fought for LGBT rights, equality and veteran's health.