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About 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 GayMilitarySignal.com.

Here are my most recent posts

TAVA Celebrates National Coming Out Day

On October 11th, we observe the 26th annual National Coming Out Day, commemorated each year on the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. National Coming Out Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on…

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TAVA Annouces Walker as New Vice President

Transgender American Veterans Association PRESS RELEASE TAVA ANNOUNCES WALKER AS NEW VICE PRESIDENT For Immediate Release 29 January 2014- (www.transveteran.org) Angela Brightfeather, President of Transgender American Veterans Association, announced today the elevation of TAVA Board Member Dayna Walker as the…

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Board Member Additions

The Transgender American Veterans Association wish to announce the following additions to their Board of Directors. According to Angela Brightfeather, President of TAVA, Major Evan Young (Ret.) and First Sergeant Dayna Walker (Ret.) were appointed to the Board of Directors effective 25 July 2013.
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Response on Chelsea Manning

Earlier today Bradley Manning released a statement to the Today Show via his lawyers stating that she was indeed Transgender and wished to be referred to as “Chelsea” as well as begin transitioning from male to female.
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Palm Center Analysis of Transgender Veterans Survey Finds Discrimination by the Military and Veterans Administration

The Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara has released the findings of a survey, conducted by Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), that shows that transgender veterans are being turned away and being mistreated in high numbers by Veterans Administration medical facilities. The survey of 827 U.S. military veterans and active-duty personnel mark the first major empirical findings on transgender people in the military. This represents a strong sampling from what is estimated to be approximately 300,000 veterans in the US who identify as being transgender.
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