MEMORIAL DAY

The Few, The Proud: 5 LGBT Military Heroes Of The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Autumn Sandeen

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As the fight for LGBT veterans’ rights shifts away from the DADT era and moves toward military partner benefits and transgender issues, this transgender Navy veteran is at the head of the pack. Along with Evelyn Thomas, she was arrested twice at the White House during the height of the DADT repeal protests, and since she has taken on the fight for open service by transgender people. She recently enjoyed a major win. After fighting for years to have her Navy records updated to reflect her current gender (she served as a male), she received a letter from the Pentagon notifying her of the change, making it the first time that the Department of Defense has changed the gender of anyone affiliated with the military on official records, and giving military trans rights advocates hope for the future.