Joseph Dunford

For Maryland LGBT community, confusion and anger over Trump's transgender troop ban

For Maryland LGBT community, confusion and anger over Trump's transgender troop ban

For Paula Neira, joining the military felt like a calling.

She graduated from the Naval Academy with distinction in 1985, and served in Operation Desert Storm. She had hoped to spend decades fighting for her country.

But Neira resigned her commission in 1991 after realizing “there was no way to continue to serve and live authentically.”

Neira, who is transgender, instead spent the following decades fighting for equality in the military. That’s how, she says, she’s found a way to continue serving her country.

Now, the Bowie resident said she is watching as a series of presidential tweets threatens to rollback the progress she’s fought for. The future of...

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