Sgt. Shane Ortega tells The Advocate how he's been able to serve for years in the U.S. Army as an openly transgender man and about the pressure he faces now that the world knows who he is.
Army Sgt. Shane Ortega, a transgender man currently serving in Oahu, knows that 'administratively, I shouldn't exist.'
Landon Wilson, the transgender former Navy cryptologist who was discharged for being trans, took his story to CBS News.
The promised study of allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military seemed stalled for a while, but one gay man asked a simple question to help move things along.
Just five days after being sworn in, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter indicated that he wants everyone who is willing and able to serve to be able to do so — and the White House agrees.
The former Army captain and West Point graduate has a message for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: End the military's ban on open service by transgender Americans.