Some members of a new gay group might be at risk of loosing their jobs. Membership in Knights Out, a recently formed group composed of out West Point graduates, is akin to violating the “don't tell” part of the military's ban on openly gay service for active duty members.

Appearing Friday on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, Army Lieutenant Dan Choi agreed he could be fired for his participation.

“Is there a possibility that you could loose your job? That you could be at risk for getting kicked out of the service for doing this?” Maddow asked.

“Absolutely,” Choi replied.

The group says it wants to support the thousands of LGBT soldiers currently serving in the armed forces and educate military leaders on the “importance of accepting and honoring the sacrifices and selfless service of their LGBT soldiers and officers,” the group said in a press release.

The group is also lobbying for repeal of “don't ask, don't tell” – the 1993, Clinton-approved law that prescribes discharge as the remedy for gay service members who do not remain quiet about their sexuality or do not remain celibate.

In lobbying for repeal of the law and publicly outing themselves (a membership roster is available at, active duty members have placed themselves in jeopardy of discharge under the law. How many of the group's 45 members fall into that category was not available.

The military discharged eleven gay soldiers in January. The figure was released by Virginia Rep. Jim Moran's office. Moran, a long-time opponent of the military gay ban and a member of the Military Appropriations subcommittee, is a co-sponsor of California Rep. Ellen Tauscher's Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill currently in Congress that would repeal the ban.

Opponents of repeal say open service would “sexualize” the military and often portray gay men and women as sexual predators who infiltrate the military to have at its sexual bounty.

Choi, who served an extended tour in Iraq in 2006-2007, said he was “horrified” of being discharged while serving in Iraq and remained closeted.

“One of the harder things was coming back from Iraq,” Choi said. “Being an Iraq combat veteran, an Arabic linguist, a West Point graduate, I come back to America as a second class citizen who is forced to lie because of this rule – because of this law – and because Congress has not yet overturned this. And we're saying, once and for all, it needs to be repealed.”