Cadet Katherine Miller,Â a West Point JuniorÂ ranked 9th in her class, outed herself to superiors yesterday,Â declaring that she could no longer compromise her identity and integrity,Â Knights Out reports.
Wrote Miller in the letter to West Point:
â€¦ I have created a heterosexual dating history to recite to fellow cadets when they inquire. I have endured unwanted approaches by male cadets for fear of being accused as a lesbian by rejecting or reporting these events. I have been coerced into ignoring derogatory comments towards homosexuals for fear of being alienated for my viewpoint. In short, I have lied to my classmates and compromised my integrity and my identity by adhering to existing military policy.
While at the academy, I have made a deliberate effort to develop myself academically, physically, and militarily, but in terms of holistic personal growth I have reached a plateau. I am unwilling to suppress an entire portion of my identity any longer because it has taken a significant personal, mental, and social toll on me and detrimentally affected my professional development. I have experienced a relentless cognitive dissonance by attempting to adhere to Â§654 [colloquially known as â€œDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€] and retain my integrity, and I am retrospectively convinced that I am unable to live up to the Army Values as long as the policy remains in place.