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Shane Ortega    

The US Army's First Openly Trans Soldier

Shane Ortega is the first openly serving transgender military service member. He was featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List and on the History Channel’s History now. Shane is a mixed American Indian enrolled in the Skaroreh Katenuauka Nation, a retired disabled combat Veteran (Marines and Army) of over 11 years and a Two-spirit (Transgender) man.

He has a 12+ year record of championing human rights legislation and policy. As an advocate, consultant, Author, Speaker and educator in topics such as LGBTQ equity, indigenous rights, disabled veterans' rights, MMIW, two-spirit education, land sovereignty and colonial/tribal law relationship.

He is most commonly known for his work repealing the transgender military ban and co-founding the Non-profit organization Spart*a. He also assisted with education for the “Road Home Program” at Howard Brown Health in Chicago.

Shane continues to give Keynote speeches at universities, hospitals and corporations like Apple and Bloomberg News. He has also been featured in modeling campaigns for companies like Belvedere Vodka with Janelle Monae and 2xist. Internationally in news, Shane is considered a subject matter expert for segments on every major news network.

Shane is the recipient of several military and civilian awards the most recent being the Icon Award from Harper's Bazaar, as one of the three most influential champions of human rights for people of color in America. Continuously learning, Shane is graduates with a degree in Public Health and Policy and a focus on his Juris Doctorate.


Meet Shane, The Army's First Openly Trans Soldier
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 ...

Transgender veteran sees 'panic and unrest' for trans troops - NY ...

Nearly 100 calls from worried service members flooded Shane Ortega's phone after Trump tweeted that their military career is over.

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