West Point Lesbian Cadet Resigns Citing ‘Don’t Ask’

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP/WCBS 880) — A lesbian cadet asked Monday to resign from the U.S. Military Academy because she can no longer lie about her sexuality and was troubled by the anti-gay attitudes of some around her.

Katherine Miller of Findlay, Ohio, also said she wants to fight for repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, a subject she was studying and writing about as a sociology major at West Point.

“I intend for my resignation to offer a concrete example of the consequences of a failed law and social policy,” she wrote in her resignation letter, referring to the law against gays serving openly in the military.

Miller wrote proudly of her accomplishments as a student, athlete and soldier and said that she had not been pressured by anyone to resign. But she wrote of being “coerced into ignoring derogatory comments towards homosexuals for fear of being alienated for my viewpoint” and that she “endured sexual harassment for fear of being accused as a lesbian.”

Miller said by e-maiI that she wasn’t immediately available to speak with The Associated Press on Thursday, but confirmed the resignation letter.

In the letter, she said she fabricated a heterosexual dating history to share with any fellow cadets who asked.

“In short, I have lied to my classmates and compromised my integrity and identity by adhering to existing military policy,” she said.

Ranked ninth in the class of more than 1,100 cadets about to start their third year, Miller’s resignation letter was dated a week before she would be required to sign a commitment to finish her final two years and serve five years in the military.

Jim Fox, a West Point spokesman, said Miller will remain at the academy while her request is reviewed. That takes about a week, he said.

Miller “is in good standing and has done very well academically, militarily and physically while at the academy,” Fox said Thursday. Cadets may withdraw at any point in their first two years without owing the government service or compensation for the education and benefits they’ve received.

Miller has been admitted to Yale University, starting in September.

She said she will work through her studies and political activism to win repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law and would apply to return to West Point in the 2011-2012 academic year if that happens soon enough.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • xeno

    what a bunch of self-righteous freaking idiots on this comments page. this woman is so much smarter and will go so much farther than you could ever imagine. go back to your holes.

  • Was There

    Ranking nine in your class at West Point is more of an accomplishment than most Americans could dream of attaining, myself included. This young person will go on in life to excel in everything she tries to do, and I hope that she continues to apply herself in service to this great nation.

  • boyd

    she seems to be an opportunist. would be more believable a cause had she not been accepted to yale beginning next month. seems like an orchestrated pr stunt to me.

  • Ranger

    Thank you for being mature enough to see that you do not belong. Your obviously unable to keep your sexual feelings from defining who you are. Therefore you are not a fit officer. The enlisted men and women that would have had to serve under you thank you also. Let me speak for them when we say Thank you…we will not miss you….just because you ranked 9th that doesn’t mean anything the moment your behind hits the real world outside the front gate of West Point.

  • Bill

    So TeeCee what if the tables were reversed so that any heterosexual now serving would be expelled if her sexuality was exposed. You’re saying she’d stay in anyway, at the risk of losing her career at any time because she has more “self-discipline and sacrifice” than a lesbian. I don’t think so.

  • Douchey

    Who cares. Good riddance. This is probably just a pretext for her to get a free education and not have to do military service during war. Coward.

  • TeeCee

    Sounds like Cadet Miller needs to grow up. One’s sexual preferences ought not to be in the forefront especially if one is in the military. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule begun under President Clinton is very wise. Leave intimacy where it belongs: in the privacy of one’s bedroom. It doesn not belong out among the kazons. She’s doing the right thing by leaving since she doesn’t seem cut out for military life which demands a lot of self-discipline and sacrifice.

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