Transgender people have served in all branches of the U.S. military and are a rich part of history. Here are some notable Veterans: Kristin BeckBeck served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Seals where she was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the special counter-terrorism unit SEAL Team Six. For her service, Beck was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing … Continue reading Trans Resilience & Military Service: Transgender & Non-Binary Veterans #TDOV
Did You Know Over 134,000 U.S. Veterans are estimated to be transgender and, before the transgender military ban was lifted in 2021, there were over 15,000 transgender people serving in the U.S. military Transgender people are at least two to three times more likely to have served in the U.S. military; motivated by patriotism, life direction, and family history of service, transgender people may have … Continue reading #TDOV: Transgender Veterans
Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) 2021! March 31st is known International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). First celebrated in 2009, this day was founded by Rachel Crandall, a Michigan-based transgender activist as a “reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people.” Rachel was inspired because, up until that point, there wasn’t an observance specifically honoring the many achievements and contributions of … Continue reading Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility #TDOV
WASHINGTON, D.C — Today, President Joe Biden signed bipartisan legislation into law expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to veterans and their families under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), following efforts from House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs leaders Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Ranking Member Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). The Strengthening and Amplifying Vaccination Efforts to Locally Immunize all Veterans … Continue reading Vaccine Access Opened to Veterans’ Families, Spouses
According to the largest-ever study of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States, about 56% of those surveyed had experienced discrimination while trying to seek medical treatment. A 2016 survey found that 68.5% of LGBT+ people who experienced discrimination in the year before had been negatively affected psychologically, about 43.7% said discrimination had adversely affected their physical well-being. For all the legislation and … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination
In October 2019, the UCLA’s Williams Institute released a study detailing the preferences and characteristics of LGBT+ voters in relation to the 2020 General Election. The study indicated that, at the time, 1 in 5 LGBT+ adults (~21%) was not registered to vote and almost 9 million LGBT+ adults were eligible registered and eligible to vote. 2020 saw the nation grappling with a pandemic, a … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Voting
Did you know that the VA has a program for LGBT+ Veterans and that there are personnel at nearly all VA facilities nationwide that are tasked to help LGBT+ Veterans with care issues? In 2016, the VA started addressing healthcare issues specific to LGBTQ+ Veterans by appointing LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators (VCCs) at VA facilities. VCCs are licensed clinicians responsible for promoting best practices for … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Advocacy
Did you know that the last full week of the month of March is LGBT+ Health Awareness Week? Since 2003, LGBT+ Health Awareness Week has sought to highlight the importance of LGBT+ health and wellness and bring awareness of the unique care needs of the LGBT+ community. Additionally, LGBT+ Health Awareness Week seeks to bring to light the reasons members of the LGBT+ community are … Continue reading It’s National LGBT+ Health Awareness Week!