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Tides Foundation awards grant to TAVA



Re: Tides Foundation awards Grant to Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)

The Tides Foundation, dedicated to facilitating positive social change since 1976, has this year awarded a Trans Justice Funding Project grant to Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA).  The $1000 grant, to be used for operations and development, will enable TAVA to move forward on advocacy of the rights and benefits of transgender American veterans and volunteers who are serving and have served in our armed forces.

Evan Young, Major USA Ret., TAVA’s President, said that he and the TAVA board are extremely grateful to be giving this recognition and opportunity to work towards a future where all of our military service members and veterans find full equality and pride in service to our nation.


Evan Young, TAVA President 616-427-5724;

Denny Meyer, TAVA Public Affairs, 718-849-5665;

Evan Young

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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