- Justin Elzie in 1993
In 1993, Sgt. Justin Elzie became the first Marine to be discharged under Don't Ask Don't Tell when he came out to Peter Jennings on national television. Eighteen years later, Elzie is still fighting for open military service (and shopping a book on the issue). On Monday, Elzie joined Lt. Dan Choi and 11 other servicemen and women in protesting the continued ban on gays in the military; after handcuffing themselves to a White House fence, all were briefly arrested. Yesterday, Elzie spoke to TBD about his decades of work on the issue:
Watch a longer interview with Elzie here.