Transgender American Veterans Assn. Elects Vice President of the Board of Directors

The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) today announced the election of Gene Silvestri as Vice President of the Board of Directors. The Board makes policy decisions, authorizes rulemaking and oversees the TAVA’s operations.

Gene is a U.S. Army disabled transgender veteran, and currently serves as the Veterans Affairs Coordinator for The American Military Partner Association (AMPA). In 2003, he received an honorable medical discharge from the U.S. Army. In 2009, Gene became involved with the Sacramento County veteran service organization as a local transgender veteran liaison. Since then, Gene has served on the board of the Sacramento Valley Veterans, his local chapter of the American Veterans For Equal Rights (AVER). He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He most recently served as committee member for the CalVet LGBT Veterans Leadership Forum, the first-statewide event of its kind and participated on the first VA Northern California Health Care System’s LGBT Primary Care veteran panel. Gene continues to advocate on behalf of LGBT veterans locally and nationally. As a married transgender disabled male veteran, he brings a unique perspective and awareness concerning VA benefits and LGBT veterans and their families. Gene also serves as TAVA’s social media director, along as the assistant website director.

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.