At a special panel Sunday at Equality Forum in Philadelphia, Lt. Dan Choi urged everyone to participate in the gay rights movement.

In answering a question about whether he would be interested in running for elected office, Choi, the nation's most visible opponent of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that forces gay troops to serve in secret, evaded the question, saying he's “already in politics,” then added that participation in the equality movement came with few requirements.

“It doesn't require someone to be called representative or senator or councilmember, what have you,” Choi said in response to Sirius XM OutQ News' Tim Curran. “I think every single one of us has a moral responsibility to step up.”

Choi, 29, an Arab linguist, was discharged from the Army under “Don't Ask” last year after he announced he was gay on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He is currently appealing the Army's decision.

Over the past month, activists have ratcheted up their demands for repeal as a narrow window of opportunity to repeal the law this year continues to shrink. Congress is preparing to vote out of committee next year's defense budget – believed to be the best bet for repeal – but the White House and the Pentagon appear united in urging lawmakers to kick repeal down the road a bit.

Choi, and at least 10 other gay activists, have handcuffed themselves to the White House gate during three separate demonstrations in protest of the military gay ban. Choi has been arrested twice.

“Would you have thought two years ago, my being an Army officer, closeted, Southern Baptist family, Korean-American, that I would be the voice for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' or that I would be a gay activist?”

“The fact of the matter is, there is no perfect resume for anybody to participate. All that is required from you is for you to stand up and reclaim your dignity,” he added.

Equality Forum is the annual LGBT activist meet up in Philadelphia.