Living as Myself, at Last

December 26, 2019

December 26, 2019: In this New York Times piece, Alexandria Holder, a transgender technical sergeant in the United States Air Force, tells of the years she feared pursuing her true identity as female during the time that transgender people were banned in the military. She writes:

"I lived a lie because I had to. For decades, transgender people had been forbidden to serve in the United States military. Executive Order 10450, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, was used to deny federal employment to the L.G.B.T. community (among other groups) on the grounds that we were guilty of “sexual perversion.”

Although she thrived in her career Ms. Holder felt she was living a lie until June 2016, when transgender people were legally allowed to serve.

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