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Air Force 1st Lt. Robin Chaurasiya Is Still Enlisted. And She’s Going to Gay Pride

Does marching in a gay pride parade constitute “demonstrat[ing] a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? Air Force First Lt. Robin Chaurasiya doesn’t give a crap. She’s going to Chicago Gay Pride on Sunday.

Yes, that’s the same Robin Chaurasiya who came out and was denied a discharge — though her discharge papers are now with the Air Force secretary, and Robin hasn’t been making any airs about reversing course — she says she wants out of the military because it discriminates — for months.

Not only is Robin posting to Facebook (“Robin Chaurasiya is making her Chicago Pride plans for this weekend! Hope to see as many of you there as possible. Hit me up (phone or FB) if you want to get together!”) with her pride plans, but she’s speaking to newspaper reporters about them.

This won’t be Robin’s first gay rodeo; when she was studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (on a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship!), she would go. But “this is going to be the first pride event that I can attend where I don’t have to look over my shoulder. It doesn’t matter. Everybody knows. My commander knows. What are you going to do about it? That’s going to be awesome.”

Have at it, girl!