A lesbian West Point cadet who said she decided to resign from the United States Military Academy rather than continue to hide her sexual orientation has been discharged by the academy, according to a gay rights advocacy group.
Cadet Katie Miller was ranked ninth in her class at the elite institution -- about 50 miles (80km) north of NYC -- that trains future officers for the Army when she offered her resignation last weekend, but had remained at West Point while the academy’s legal office reviewed the request.
Knights Out, which advocates for the right of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender soldiers to serve openly, said Friday Miller had been discharged.
In an interview with the Times Herald-Record published Thursday, she said she couldn’t hide her sexual orientation and continue to live a life of lie.
She said she couldn’t any longer listen to her comrades toss around the word “fag” and make up stories about fictional boyfriends.
Her coming out openly about her homosexuality was a challenge to the current military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which means that armed forces personnel will not be asked about their sexual orientation and can continue to serve as long as they don’t openly say they are gay or publicly adopt the lifestyle.
The U.S. House of Representative voted to repeal the policy and it is now awaiting action by the Senate.
Twenty-year-old Miller, who is from Findlay, Ohio, has been accepted as a transfer student in the third year of the four year degree program at ivy league Yale University.
Read more: Times Herald-Record