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TAVA Applauds New Survey by NCTE and NGLTF

For Immediate Release:
Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
Contact: Monica Helms – President, TAVA
Alt Contact: Denny Meyer – Media Director, TAVA
Phone: (718) 849-5665

9/11/08 – Today, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) released an all-important survey for Transgender Americans. This new survey asks for a variety of information designed to provide people with valuable data on the lives of transgender people.

Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality stated, “This is an absolutely critical national effort. We urge all transgender and gender non-conforming people to take the survey to help guide us in making better laws and policies that will improve the quality of life for all transgender people. We need everyone’s voice in this, everyone’s participation.”

Since TAVA has seen first hand how valuable this kind of information can be through the survey we conducted earlier this year, we applaud NCTE and NGLTF on gathering even more information that can be used in the future. The TAVA White Paper report can be found at:

TAVA urges all transgender and gender non-conforming people to go to the survey link of: and help NCTE and NGLT with this ground-breaking effort.

For more information on this survey, go to: or

“This is another prime example of when organizations work together,” remarked Monica Helms, President TAVA, “we can accomplish great things. We look forward to combining all of our results for the betterment of our community.”

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Founded in 2003, the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) is a 501 (c) 3 organization that acts proactively with other concerned civil rights and human rights organizations to ensure that transgender veterans will receive appropriate care for their medical conditions in accordance with the Veterans Health Administration’s Customer Service Standards promise to “treat you with courtesy and dignity . . . as the first class citizen that you are.” Further, TAVA will help in educating the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) on issues regarding fair and equal treatment of transgender individuals. Also, TAVA will help the general transgender community when deemed appropriate and within the IRS guidelines.

Denny Meyer

Denny Meyer

Sgt. First Class Denny Meyer, the son of WWII Holocaust refugees, was reared bilingually in the mid 1940s postwar immigrant refugee community on New York City ‘s Upper West Side . His mother, he notes with pride, arrived at Ellis Island as an illegal alien fleeing Nazi persecution. She taught him that, “there is nothing more precious than American Freedom.”

He has been an activist for over 50 years, starting with his first march with the NAACP at the age of 13 in 1960, working for civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights and transgender rights for our military service members and veterans.

In 1968 he volunteered, “To pay my country back for my family’s freedom.” He served for ten years in two services; in the Navy aboard an aircraft carrier, in a Huey helicopter squadron HQ, at NATO US headquarters; and in specialized Army Reserve units; and served as an inter-agency liaison and negotiator.

Sgt. Denny has spoken at universities and colleges including Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Hofstra, and Lehman (CUNY) among other venues; combining history, humor, pathos, and anger to tell his story.

In addition to serving as TAVA’s Media Director, he is the national Public Affairs and Veterans Affairs officer of AVER and edits

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