Landon Marchant is a veteran of the United States Air Force, former trade union apprentice, community college student, Point Foundation scholar, and senior at Williams College (MA) where they are double majoring in Philosophy and Sociology with a concentration in Science and Technology Studies. After graduation they plan to join ZX Ventures, Anheuser-Busch InBev’s corporate venture capital and innovation team based out of New York City.
From 2009 to 2011 Landon served as an Aircraft Metals Technician. During this time, they were stationed at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and recognized for intervening in two suicide attempts. Landon experienced underemployment, housing instability and food insecurity after the military, a cycle that was interrupted by an emergency scholarship from the American Legion. This instability led them to apply for, and attend, Veterans in Piping – a United Association skilled trades program for veterans. Upon completion Landon worked as a union plumbing apprentice at Plumber’s Local 5 in the Washington DC metro area from 2012 to 2015. In 2015, Landon enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College and began working at a digital marketing and reputation management firm.
Upon arriving in D.C., Landon became increasingly involved in transgender military advocacy in order to help active duty troops retain their careers, and assist other veterans in avoiding underemployment, housing instability, and food insecurity. A founding member of the active duty transgender group, Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPART*A), Landon has held a variety of leadership roles since its inception in 2013. Dedicated to helping veterans avoid post-military instability, Landon has worked to develop a veteran resource database covering everything from emergency assistance to employment and education. Their work also extends into public health— in 2018 Landon was awarded the Sentinels Summer Research Fellowship and a grant from the Elton John Aids Foundation, which allowed them to build the first known rural peer-to-peer needle exchange in Massachusetts.
Currently, Landon works to improve veteran outcomes through advocacy, mentorship, guest speaking, lecturing, and writing. They are a frequent speaker at events, have interviewed with MSNBC, been published in the Advocate and Washington Post, and are pending publication in the 2nd edition of Trans Bodies Trans Selves. They are the only undergraduate member of the Transgender Military Service Lab, affiliated with the University of Louisville’s counseling psychology program.
Uniting their work is a deep desire to see LGBTQ people and veterans achieve economic stability. Landon’s goals are threefold: be the role model they once so desperately needed, prove trans people can thrive, and help other disadvantaged individuals succeed. Due to the scattered nature of the veteran and LGBTQ populations, significant portions of their work have been mediated by digital platforms. Landon has experience using social media as an effective tool for outreach and recruitment, market research, measuring public opinion, and community development. They have also received training on social media best practices for political campaigns from Veterans Campaign.