For Immediate Release: January 9, 2004
From: The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
Media Contact: Tina Rice
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 618.867.3028
TRANSGENDER VETERANS MARCH TO THE WALL - UPDATE
The Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) will gather veterans at the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial, in Washington, DC, on Saturday, May 1, 2004. Organizers
hope to draw a significant number of supporters to honor the many transgender people who
served our nation with pride and honor.
Individuals or organizations who wish to make donations may do so through the TG Fund.
Diane Dale, Co-Founder of The Transgender Fund says, "Through this march, the TAVA is
making a profound statement to all that transgender Americans are, and have been since
the beginning, an inseparable part of the fabric that made this magnificent democracy
what it is today. We at The Transgender Fund are proud to be associated with
this event." The main address for the TG Fund is: http://www.tgfund.org, and
the page specifically for donations to the TAVA event is:
Several outstanding national and local organizations have come forward to publicly
support the event, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Transgender
Advocacy Coalition (NTAC), the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), and the
Puget Sound, New York City and DC Chapters of the American Veterans for Equal Rights
(AVER). Some have already supported this event with donations, including the
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task
Individuals or organizations wishing to donate services may contact TAVA Special Projects
Director, Angela Brightfeather at: email@example.com. She says, "It is very heartening
to see the support from the GLBTS community for the TG Veterans making this March to the
Wall. It is a wonderful example of respect and unity that will form a
foundation for many more such ideas and goals. This is very special for all of
us and especially those TG Veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedoms."
Monica Helms, President of TAVA, encourages anyone – whether transgendered, gay, lesbian,
bisexual or straight – who wishes to join this event to register your participation and
for a hotel room by going to http://www.geocities.com/tg_vet_march_to_the_wall.
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 the fair and equal treatment of
transgendered and transsexual individuals. TAVA will also advocate a change in
public law and policy that will help initiate this fair and equal treatment.
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