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Transgender American Veterans Association

Transgender American Veterans Association Transgender American Veterans Association promotes the values of equality, fairness and respect on behalf of our members and provide a supportive community for Veterans who identify under the “Transgender Umbrella”.

TAVA is recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. As such, all donations are tax deductible to the extent prescribed by law.

TAVA is recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. As such, all donations are tax deductible to the extent prescribed by law.

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As trans people, we are constantly visible. In our everyday lives, we exist in a world where we are ostracized by a soci...
04/01/2022

As trans people, we are constantly visible. In our everyday lives, we exist in a world where we are ostracized by a society that demands to be educated about every aspect of our existence.

International Transgender Day of Visibility isn’t about trans people just being visible. It is about being human. It is a day for the world to acknowledge that we are here. No one NEEDS to understand our journies in order to treat us with decency. And we are moving further and further away from society being able to use ignorance as an excuse because WE ARE VISIBLE.

In preparation for our presence at Keystone Conference 2022, we will be having a HUGE SALE in our TAVA GEAR Store. Items...
03/22/2022

In preparation for our presence at Keystone Conference 2022, we will be having a HUGE SALE in our TAVA GEAR Store. Items will be on sale both online and at our booth at Keystone.

Head to transveteran.org/shop-tava to get an amazing deal on some gear.

We are so excited for Keystone Conference - Harrisburg! There will be lots of goodies if you are in attendance.
03/17/2022

We are so excited for Keystone Conference - Harrisburg! There will be lots of goodies if you are in attendance.

Join a Conversation with VA Secretary McDonough on the Department's Recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Revi...
03/10/2022
A Conversation with VA Secretary McDonough on the Department's Recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission

Join a Conversation with VA Secretary McDonough on the Department's Recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission

3-4pm EST

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is about to release a study and issue recommendations for future investments in VA health care facilities. Ahead of this release, the RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute is hosting a webinar featuring a discussion with Secretary of Veterans....

Wishing everyone a very Happy International Women's Day. Wether you have experienced womanhood before transition or are ...
03/08/2022

Wishing everyone a very Happy International Women's Day. Wether you have experienced womanhood before transition or are experiencing womanhood after transition, your experience is important. Today we celebrate the strength of women.

It is extremely important that we do what is necessary to be represented. GO TO www.ustranssurvey.org today and pledge t...
03/08/2022

It is extremely important that we do what is necessary to be represented. GO TO www.ustranssurvey.org today and pledge to take the 2022 US Trans Survey.

Today, we remember the sinking of the SS Dorchester (SC-290583) and we remember the legendary acts of selflessness of fo...
02/03/2022

Today, we remember the sinking of the SS Dorchester (SC-290583) and we remember the legendary acts of selflessness of four Army chaplains who were aboard that gave their life vests to passengers and went down with the ship.

To learn more about Four Chaplains Day visit https://militarybenefits.info/four-chaplains-day/

02/02/2022
TAVA Black History Month Town Hall

TAVA is proud to invite all members to the next virtual town hall meeting on Feb 2nd 2022 at 6:00pm Eastern. The focus of this meeting will be to celebrate Black History Month.

People inspire change. People make history. However, many narratives and world changing events have been left out by the...
02/01/2022
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People inspire change. People make history. However, many narratives and world changing events have been left out by the people that write the history and tell the stories. Be it our gender, our gender identity, our race, our religion, many stories and experiences go untold.

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month. Today, we ask you to be open to listening and sharing the experiences of another community.

Tomorrow night at 6PM EST, we will be holding a round-table discussion about the experiences of the intersectionality Black Trans Veterans experience. Please join us.

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Please join us this WEDNESDAY, February 2nd, 2022 at 6PM EST for our Black History Month Town Hall. We will be inviting ...
02/01/2022

Please join us this WEDNESDAY, February 2nd, 2022 at 6PM EST for our Black History Month Town Hall. We will be inviting some of our members to have a round table discussion around the intersectionality of Black Transgender Veterans. This will be an amazing conversation and an amazing opportunity to understand the experiences in our community.

Please register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lTAw2Z8cT_W4LEpboum_AQ

01/26/2022

Members, Please check your email for the link to the By-Laws Town Hall.

It may be in your junk folder.

01/26/2022
Tava Town Hall

TAVA is proud to invite all members to the next virtual town hall meeting on Jan 26th 2021 at 6:00pm Eastern. The focus of this meeting will be to go over Tava by laws and to answer any question that you have. Then proceed to explain the website and member page where you can vote to accept by laws.

Our By-Laws have been revised and are up for a vote! Members, please check your email for a link to the By-Laws. This em...
01/24/2022

Our By-Laws have been revised and are up for a vote! Members, please check your email for a link to the By-Laws. This email will also include information about the Member Meeting we will be having this Wednesday, January 26th, to discuss the revisions with you.

The impact Dr. Martin Luther Jr. has had on our society is immeasurable. As we celebrate him today, we think of where we...
01/17/2022

The impact Dr. Martin Luther Jr. has had on our society is immeasurable. As we celebrate him today, we think of where we stand in the conversation of Equity and Equality.

Join us this afternoon at 4:30 EST for a panel discussion on intersectionality with Black Trans Veterans. Our panelists are:

Ray Gibson
Akira Wyatt
Kels Mickens

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84814986849?pwd=c3VlUGpjVjlZdXM3SHNSdHROYmVpUT09

Passcode: 408555

In 2015, nearly 28,000 people took the U.S. Trans Survey, making it the largest survey of trans people in the country. A...
01/12/2022

In 2015, nearly 28,000 people took the U.S. Trans Survey, making it the largest survey of trans people in the country. A lot has changed since then. Pledge now to take the 2022 survey and share your trans experience.

https://www.ustranssurvey.org/

Christmas is in the rearview and the New Year is just ahead. So, we'd like to hear about your favorite holiday. What is ...
12/28/2021

Christmas is in the rearview and the New Year is just ahead. So, we'd like to hear about your favorite holiday. What is YOUR favorite Holiday Memory?

Whatever you celebrate, whenever you celebrate, and however you celebrate, TAVA wishes you a HAPPY HOLIDAYS!Enjoy your t...
12/24/2021

Whatever you celebrate, whenever you celebrate, and however you celebrate, TAVA wishes you a HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Enjoy your time with friends and family.

12/09/2021

If you entered the giveaway and didn't win, check your emails. 4 winners did not claim their gifts, so we are choosing 4 more.

Limited Supply Proud Veteran Hoodie. Sizes L-3XL still available. Get one for yourself of the Proud Trans Veteran in you...
12/03/2021
Proud Veteran Hoodie (Trans Pride) — Transgender American Veterans Association

Limited Supply Proud Veteran Hoodie. Sizes L-3XL still available. Get one for yourself of the Proud Trans Veteran in your life.

Enjoy the comfort of this warm and toasty unisex pullover hoodie. You’re going to love it. It’s made from a 10oz. cotton-poly blend with a 100% cotton face. It has set-in sleeves and double needle-stitched armholes and bottom band for durability. Model is 6’2” and wearing a large Garment is ...

Are you a #proudveteran? Show your PRIDE in our new limited TAVA Hoodie. There is a limited supply, so head to transvete...
12/02/2021

Are you a #proudveteran? Show your PRIDE in our new limited TAVA Hoodie. There is a limited supply, so head to transveteran.org/shop-tava to PREORDER yours!

CONGRATULATIONS to our Giveaway Winners!If you are a winner, you should have received an email from Avalisa, the Directo...
12/02/2021

CONGRATULATIONS to our Giveaway Winners!

If you are a winner, you should have received an email from Avalisa, the Director of Communications. Please check your junk mail, just in case. Reply with your shipping address by 12/8 to receive your package.

12/01/2021
Tava December 1st Town Hall

TAVA is proud to invite all members to the next virtual town hall meeting on December 1, 2021 at 6:00pm Eastern. The focus of this meeting will be on the groundbreaking research TAVA is conducting under the leadership of TAVA’s Director of VA Engagement, Cassandra Williamson.

We are excited to have as our special guest Dr. Joshua C. Eyer, associate research professional in the Alabama Life Research Institute at the University of Alabama, who is the academic sponsor of this research. Under Dr. Eyer’s oversight, TAVA’s research will meet rigorous standards for original research, and it will inform policy at the VA and other governmental entities as well as provide a valuable resource for defending the trans community and informing further research.

Please join us for this very important discussion. As always, we will be taking your questions.

11/30/2021

A message from Transgender American Veterans Association President, Ann Murdoch.

Do you like free things? Same. Who doesn't?In an effort to give back to our members and supporters, TAVA is holding a gi...
11/29/2021

Do you like free things? Same. Who doesn't?

In an effort to give back to our members and supporters, TAVA is holding a giveaway. 12 lucky winners will receive one of three prize packages. All you have to do to enter is head to https://transveteran.org/tava-giveaway and enter.

Winners will be chosen and announced at our Virtual Town Hall December 1st, at 6PM EST. Winners are limited to US Residents.

On WEDNESDAY, December 1st, 2021 at 6PM EST, the Transgender American Veterans Association will be holding a Virtual Tow...
11/29/2021

On WEDNESDAY, December 1st, 2021 at 6PM EST, the Transgender American Veterans Association will be holding a Virtual Town Hall.

Please register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErdu6sqD8jEtBUQIDpCohqGvlI1DRr0a9t

Our special guest Dr. Joshua C. Eyer, Associate Research Professional in the Alabama Life Research Institute at the University of Alabama, will join us to discuss the new Quality of Service Reporting System. This QA reporting system is for veterans and military personnel who also identify in the LGBTQ+ community and has been developed by TAVA with the help of many other trans, non-binary, gender diverse, and LGBTQ+ veteran/military organizations and groups.

A Financial Report will be provided and we will discuss the upcoming activities and programs we have been working on as welcome our new Board Members.

Please be aware that this Town Hall will be broadcast live, however, no one will be forced to be on screen.

Enter at https://transveteran.org/tava-giveaway for a chance to WIN!Show your TAVA PRIDE with some FREE GEAR!Please only...
11/24/2021

Enter at https://transveteran.org/tava-giveaway for a chance to WIN!

Show your TAVA PRIDE with some FREE GEAR!

Please only enter ONCE. The Giveaway will end on December 1st, 2021 at 12 PM EST and the winners will be chosen. TWO people will win PRIZE #1. FOUR people will win PRIZE #2. SIX people will win PRIZE #3. Winners will be announced at the Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 6 PM EST. Must live in US to be eligible.

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TAVA’s Founding Story

TAVA’s history began when Angela Brightfeather and Monica Helms joined the Yahoo Group list by the name of TS Veterans in 2002. The group had been formed to specifically discuss the various issues facing transgender veterans who had to deal with the VA medical facilities and for other health-related issues. The people in the group talked about several things and at one time: everyone began talking about their experiences with different VA facilities across the country. Some on the list had great experiences, while others elsewhere had horrible ones. Many on the list thought that they had no choice but to take it. This would be the best they could ever expect from the VA.

Out of all the stories told on the list, one seemed to strike a chord with Brightfeather and Helms. It came from a transgender man by the name of Alex Fox. When Fox went to the Washington DC VA facility to get help in the 1990’s, and they found out he was trans, they refused to provide him with any service at all. He then drove sixty miles north to the VA facility in Baltimore, and they treated him great.

Alex’s story moved Brightfeather and Helms, and they decided something had to be done about this. Both served on National Transgender Advocacy Coalition’s Activism Committee (NTAC) and figured the Committee could work on this issue. However, after seeing the extent of the problem facing transgender veterans, they felt that it should have its own committee in NTAC to work on the problem.

The bases of the problem came from a Public Law that the VA medical facilities interpret in different ways, causing inconsistency across the country when it came to transgender veterans. Public Law (PL) 104-262 reads as follows (please note the vague terminology in the language):


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As trans people, we are constantly visible. In our everyday lives, we exist in a world where we are ostracized by a society that demands to be educated about every aspect of our existence. International Transgender Day of Visibility isn’t about trans people just being visible. It is about being human. It is a day for the world to acknowledge that we are here. No one NEEDS to understand our journies in order to treat us with decency. And we are moving further and further away from society being able to use ignorance as an excuse because WE ARE VISIBLE.
In preparation for our presence at Keystone Conference 2022, we will be having a HUGE SALE in our TAVA GEAR Store. Items will be on sale both online and at our booth at Keystone. Head to transveteran.org/shop-tava to get an amazing deal on some gear.
We are so excited for Keystone Conference - Harrisburg! There will be lots of goodies if you are in attendance.
Join a Conversation with VA Secretary McDonough on the Department's Recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission 3-4pm EST
Wishing everyone a very Happy International Women's Day. Wether you have experienced womanhood before transition or are experiencing womanhood after transition, your experience is important. Today we celebrate the strength of women.
It is extremely important that we do what is necessary to be represented. GO TO www.ustranssurvey.org today and pledge to take the 2022 US Trans Survey.
😊Special guest, Ms Fallon Williams of DC Mayor's Office. - https://mailchi.mp/53401785a7cc/heres-whats-going-on-this-week-11407002
Today, we remember the sinking of the SS Dorchester (SC-290583) and we remember the legendary acts of selflessness of four Army chaplains who were aboard that gave their life vests to passengers and went down with the ship. To learn more about Four Chaplains Day visit https://militarybenefits.info/four-chaplains-day/
TAVA is proud to invite all members to the next virtual town hall meeting on Feb 2nd 2022 at 6:00pm Eastern. The focus of this meeting will be to celebrate Black History Month.
People inspire change. People make history. However, many narratives and world changing events have been left out by the people that write the history and tell the stories. Be it our gender, our gender identity, our race, our religion, many stories and experiences go untold. Today marks the beginning of Black History Month. Today, we ask you to be open to listening and sharing the experiences of another community. Tomorrow night at 6PM EST, we will be holding a round-table discussion about the experiences of the intersectionality Black Trans Veterans experience. Please join us.
Please join us this WEDNESDAY, February 2nd, 2022 at 6PM EST for our Black History Month Town Hall. We will be inviting some of our members to have a round table discussion around the intersectionality of Black Transgender Veterans. This will be an amazing conversation and an amazing opportunity to understand the experiences in our community. Please register in advance at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lTAw2Z8cT_W4LEpboum_AQ