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Transgender Service Amicus Brief

Washington, D.C. Yesterday, Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) joined eight other U.S. veterans organizations on a powerful
brief submitted to the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in opposition to the proposed ban on military service by
transgender individuals. The brief uses the direct words and experiences of veterans and current service members to demonstrate that allowing
transgender troops to openly serve strengthens our military.

TAVA President Evan Young, a retired US Army Major and Transgender American, affirmed that every patriot that is fit and determined to serve their nation has the courage and ability to meet the highest standards set by our armed forces to defend democracy, freedom, and American values around the world. “Unit cohesion is bonded stronger by the presence of transgender members. It is testament to our competence and performance, not to any perceived gender incongruity.”

The United Military Voices brief was filed by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP on behalf of TAVA along with the American Veterans Alliance, American Veterans for Equal Rights, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Minority Veterans of America, Swords to Plowshares, Truman Center for National Policy, U.S. & Latin Veterans’ Support Embassy, and VoteVets.org.

The battle for our honor, our duty, our right to serve did not end with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t tell. As proud patriots who have served
in our American armed forces, we will carry on demanding that every single able bodied volunteer may serve as who they are, with dignity and
pride.

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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