Free JT Chestnut!
  • Petitioned US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Fort Sill Commanding General Halverson

This petition was delivered to:

US Secretary of the Army John McHugh
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Fort Sill Commanding General Halverson

Free JT Chestnut!

    1. Kevin Miniter
    2. Petition by

      Kevin Miniter

      Seattle, WA

November 2011


JT Chestnut was released, and is excited about starting his new life.

JT told, "I want thank EVERYONE who signed this petition and those who spread my story around. It means more than you know," he said. "I am happy to be back at home in West Hollywood and ready to serve the LGBT Community again. God bless you all. You are ALL the greatest love of all!"

JT Chestnut, a wonderful gay young man, was forced to join the Army by his father when he was 18 years old to "straighten him out."  This was in 2007. JT was found out to be gay, harassed and under investigation for "homosexual conduct."

Because of the abusive envorinment and harassment he was recieving in the Army, JT went AWOL and ran away to West Hollywood, where he has lived a happy life and has become an integral part of the community.   On October 31st, the West Hollywood Sherriff's arrested JT, held him in LA County Jail and sent him to Fort Sill Oklahoma to stand trial for going AWOL.  Click HERE to read JT's story.  

JT has been a fierce advocate for gay rights and we NEED to help him.  Please tell the US Army to FREE JT Chestnut IMMEDIATELY!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • John Phelps MIAMI, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      In this age of civilized society I believe this young man is being persecuted for his sexual orientation. He did NOT go AWOL or Desert the Military to avoid serving or being deployed to a combat zone. I hope they provide him with a General Discharge under Honorable Conditions, for the convenience of the Service.

    • Ron Frederick WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The military at that time would have kicked him out....... so what's the big deal. Let the guy go.

    • Sol Schneider LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I too am gay and was in the Navy during WW 2 and was terrified that I would be discovered and sent to Portsmouth Naval prison for 20 years just for being Gay.

    • brett spivey WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Forced conscription

    • Alin Sénécal-Harkin VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The US needs to reverse and mend the wrongs it has made against its citizens. This is but one example of LGBT harassment and bullying first by the parent then the government


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