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Shane Ortega          

The US Army's First Openly Trans Soldier

Shane Ortega is a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Marine Corps veteran. He/they identify as trans masculine, non-binary, and mixed race. He was featured in HBO's "The Trans List" and the History Channel's "History now".

Ortega currently works in direct consultation or through DEI trainings for organizations and companies to increase their compassion, equity, and actions creating opportunities for marginalized communities and voices. He uses his own lived intersectional experiences of generational trauma, womanhood/ness, disability, military service performance, multiple minority status, and public health education to support the shifting lens for the client.

Best known for co-founding the non-profit organization Spart*a, Ortega supported efforts for the repeal of DADT and the transgender military ban. He concurrently worked as an intrinsic member of the Military Freedom coalition that lobbied for over 8 years in the same efforts of equity.

Ortega continues to give keynote speeches at universities, associations, and corporations around the world. He is the recipient of several military and civilian awards, including the Icon Award from Harper's Bazaar as one of the three most influential champions of human rights for people of color in America.


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Transgender Army Sergeant Shane Ortega Opens Up About His ...
Transgender Army Sergeant Shane Ortega Opens Up About His Journey. FUSION. By Jorge Ramos and Jorge Rivas. Posted: 07/30/2015 09:58 AM EDT ...
Meet Shane, The Army's First Openly Trans Soldier

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