Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Writer, teacher, and recovering lobbyist

Following a five-year stint as a Korean linguist, Jarrod used his experience living as an openly gay soldier to co-create the Call to Duty Tour in 2005, launching the first real field campaign to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT). Jarrod rose quickly to become a leader in the gay military movement, deeply involved in virtually every aspect of the fight and featured on 60 Minutes and CNN’s The Situation Room and in Newsweek and hundreds of published national and local media stories. Jarrod is a principle subject of the PBS documentary Ask Not. Jarrod now lives in South Korea, recharging and teaching English after too many years in D.C. It's taking a heck of a lot less time than he envisioned; adorable Korean kids are excellent for that sort of thing.

You can follow Jarrod on Twitter @Chlapowski. He also has a personal site at