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New Organization for Transgender/Transsexual Veterans

New Organization for Transgender/Transsexual Veterans
Contact: Monica F. Helms at monicahelms@prodigy.net
January 12, 2003

USA – A new organization called Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) has been formed to advocate for fair and equal treatment of transgender/ transsexual veterans and active duty service members, both from the military and the Veterans Administration. It is our hope that we can help to educate the US Military and the VA on gender-identity-related issues, of which they are seeing more and more of as time goes on. By doing so, this should foster a better understanding of who transgender and transsexual people are in this part of the US government.

Currently, TAVA exists as a Yahoo groups list, and we are hoping that anyone interested in working on issues that effect transgender and transsexual military personal and veterans please send in a request to join. There are no membership fees at this time. Use the above contact E-mail address. We will work toward building this new organization from the ground up, so all skills are welcome. “TAVA wants you!” And remember, “We served, too.”

Evan Young

Evan Young is originally from Little Rock, Ark. He graduated basic training in 1989, transitioned from a sergeant to lieutenant in 1998, and rose to the rank of Major before retiring. In 1998, Evan graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English. From there, he continued his studies while on Active Duty and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a M.S. in Management Information Systems. He earned his public affairs credentials in 2004 and broadcasting management credentials in 2007. He served in the Reserves, Guard, and Active Duty. He was the Hawaii National Guard as a Public Affairs officer and a Media Officer at NORAD and US NORTHCOM. Evan began transition in 2011. He retired from the Army as a Major in 2013. Since then he began his own web development company, EF Young, has written for OutServe magazine as a blogger, is the former president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, and currently serves as the national president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. Evan currently lives in Dover, AR. with his two children.

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