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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

Here are my most recent posts

TAVA Applauds New Survey by NCTE and NGLTF

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.
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New Transgender Veterans Survey

A new survey has been created to achieve a more accurate picture of the state of the transgender American veteran population. Many of the issues facing transgender veterans are no different than those facing the rest of the transgender community. However negotiating healthcare thru the Veterans Administration and dealing with the Department of Defense poses its own unique set of challenges. This survey is also for those transgender people who are still serving in the military and those veterans who identify and are diagnosed as intersex.
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TAVA Press Release on ENDA

There has never been a moment in the five-year history of this organization where we had to step forward and put our very existence on the line. The events of the last three weeks have changed all of that.
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Transgender Veterans March Takes Shape

This year's transgender veterans gathering in Washington, DC, will be expanded to include a stop at the new World War II Memorial. The May 21, 2005 'March to the Wall' will also revisit the Vietnam and Iwo Jima Memorials and culminate with the very emotional and proud experience of dedicating a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
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Transgender Veterans to March Again

After assessing the success of the first Transgender Veterans March to the Wall held last May, the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) is moving once again to gather transgender veterans in Washington, DC.
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Transgender Veterans March to the Wall a Huge Success

The Transgender Veterans March to the Wall, sponsored by the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), turned out to be a greater success than the planners hoped for. Fifty transgender veterans attended in Washington, DC, many getting their first chance to face the Vietnam Memorial and the friends they lost in that war. Others came because they felt a need to meet with other transgender veterans, to feel close to others who had the same experiences as they did in the military. Attending were veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, the first Gulf War, and all the peace times in between. Ages ranged from 77 to 27 years old.
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Leading GLBT Organizations Support Transgender Veterans March to the Wall

As the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) prepares for a gathering of transgender veterans and supporters at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, several national organizations have signaled their support. The march will be held on May 1, 2004 to honor all veterans, not just the many transgender people who served our nation with pride and honor.
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