TRANSGENDER VETERANS TO MARCH AGAIN!
For Immediate Release: October 11, 2004
From: The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
Media Contact: Tina Rice
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 618.867.3028
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.
The First Transgender March to the Wall was for history. The second March
to the Wall on May 20, 2005 will be for tradition. With the addition of a
tour of the newly opened WWII Memorial, the March will be expanded. As with
this year's tour, the 2005 March will also visit the Vietnam Memorial and Iwo Jima
Memorial and will experience the very emotional and proud moment of dedicating a
wreath at the Tomb of the Unkowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
Fifty-five Transgender Veterans and significant others from across the country attended
this year's March to the Wall. The emotional event was also supported and
witnessed by many others in the GLBTI community from Washington, DC and around the
"No one could have anticipated the tremendous success of this year's March to the Wall
in bringing together so many Transgender Veterans for the first time, said Angela
Brightfeather, event organizer and TAVA Special Projects Chairperson. Added
to that success is the fact that so many other GLBTI people have recognized the
importance of this March, not only to the Transgender Veterans, but also to our
community in general. By providing the hub for other events to gather
around with pride and determination, TAVA has touched on the emotion and great
sacrifices made by the GLBTI community in the defense of our nation. By
honoring our past, we will be able to more effectively and emotionally gather together
to create the motivation that will change our future."
TAVA expects that the success of the first March to the Wall will encourage more
Transgender Veterans to attend the May 2005 event. Pictures of this year's
March can be viewed at the TAVA web site under the 'Events' link.
"The National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC) is honored to support this effort
to honor transgender veterans and all veterans," said Robyn Walters, NTAC Secretary
and TAVA Veterans Affairs Liaison Representative. "NTAC was happy to
coordinate its May 18 - 20, 2005 Congressional Lobby Days schedule with the TAVA March
dates. Both organizations look forward to the same synergy seen in last
Karen Rice, TAVA Secretary and partner of Tina Rice, veteran and TAVA Media Director,
captured the solemnity of the occasion with these thoughts: "On the first
March to the Wall I stood proudly with men and women who served their country in at
least four conflicts - WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. For the first
time in their lives they mourned their fallen compatriots [while standing] proudly and
openly as themselves. They paid tribute to the many who have served in
silence. We know, as some may not, that there are those who serve in silence
now. They love their country, and they welcome those who would like to join
us and support them."
Please join TAVA and the many transgender veterans as we once again provide a chance
for healing from the many wounds of war and of life. Find details and
updates via event links at www.tavausa.org. To participate in the March, or
for additional information, write to Angela Brightfeather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) acts proactively with other
concerned GLBT organizations to ensure that transsexual and transgendered veterans
will receive appropriate care for medical conditions in accordance with the Veterans
Health Administration Customer Service Standards promise to "treat you with courtesy
and dignity - as the first class citizen that you are." Further, TAVA will
help in educating the VA and the US military on issues regarding a fair and equal
treatment of transgendered and transsexual individuals. TAVA will also
educate for a change in public law and policy that will help initiate this fair and
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