Message from Private Second Class Citizen

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Message from Private Second Class Citizen

As most of you on Velvetpark know, I came out to my commanders last week at West Point and submitted my formal letter of resignation. I was officially discharged on Friday 13AUG2010 from the academy and the Army.

I've cried in my friend's arms, received hateful messages through cadet email, pretended to be unfazed by disapproving glances on post, and had my integrity questioned by people I don't even know.

But simultaneously, male cadets have apologized for putting me in compromising position with their romantic approaches. I've become acquainted with heroes like LTC Fehrenbach and CPT Jonathan Hopkins. Both civilian and military personnel have offered me overwhelming political and personal support through email, Facebook, and phone calls. And most rewarding, LGB cadets have thanked me for giving them a voice.

It's been an absolute whirlwind of events. How fortunate I am to have a blog to therapeutically articulate these experiences. Thank you, Velvetpark, for all the support. Stay tuned.


Comments [9]

Joe's picture


Good luck, future proud Eli.  You've earned the admiration of 10,000 men of Harvard, including this one.  I wish you all the best.



Diana Cage's picture

What a beautiful sentiment.

What a beautiful sentiment. Thank you, Joe. It's nice to read this bit of positivity.

karrr's picture


you, brave woman make it better for everybody else

Not2Taem's picture

Thank YOU!


The most trying circumstances often yield the most unexpected friends. For every hater, there are a slew of folks appreciate you. Thank you for sharing with us here.

minniesota's picture

Wishing you the best

Katie, please know that I have been reading all of your blogs on VPM and I wish you well and much success as you move onto to Yale to finish college. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.


Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Tex's picture

You're an American hero...for all the right reasons!

Don't ever forget that, Katie. You are going to 'fight' for more human rights than you ever would have in the military....without firing a shot.

After y'all take care of business and get this DADT taken care of, we'll fire up a Davidoff to celebrate!  


Twitter Time @kdhales

Erika Davis's picture


I've never served in the military and often don't understand it but I would like to personally thank you for all that you've done.  Your bravery, your courage, and your strength to be the person that you are, no matter the consequences is inspiring.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Erika has spoken.
Now, go read my blog Smile

Grace Moon's picture

Katie we appricate you so

Katie we appricate you so much!

And I hope everyone who is in NYC can get to the DADT panel at the Center next week Wed!!!

tweet tweet @gracemoon

Becky Juro's picture


Simply put, you rock. As someone who has never served in the military but has great respect and admiration for those who have and do, you, along with Col. Ferenbach, Dan Choi, and so many others who have spoken out on this, are demonstrating to the rest of America what the  values of honesty, integrity, and courage really mean when put to the test.

All of you are setting an example that both our government and our citizenry as a whole should honor and seek to emulate. Thank you for that.