Singer Adam Lambert has tweeted that
he's “shocked” at the
arrest of gay activist Lt. Dan Choi.
“So shocked that this happened today
at the same hour and same city as I was performing in,” Lambert
messaged along with a link to gay glossy The Advocate's
coverage of the arrest to his more than 1 million followers on
Americans Choi and Andy Thayer and
France's Louis-Georges Tin were among the 18 gay activists arrested
Saturday attempting to hold a Gay Pride parade in Moscow. Police
also arrested 14 opponents.
Choi is best known for protesting
“Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that bars gay and bisexual
troops from serving openly.
He was booted from the Army under the
policy for acknowledging he's gay on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow
“I am here in Russia in solidarity
with our brothers and sisters who are fighting for the basic right to
express their identity,” Choi said in a video before his arrest.
In a video taken with his cell phone
from inside a Russian paddywagon and uploaded to YouTube, Choi said
he had suffered a “slight injury to my right ear” during the
arrest and was experiencing “massive ringing.”