Alisha Guffey is an LGBTQ veteran who feared for years that she may be discharged from service under the auspices of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the policy that prohibited open service for LGBTQ people in the U.S. military for nearly two decades. After leaving military service, and after the repeal of DADT, she created the Ask & Tell Project, a network and resources for LGBTQ veterans to share their stories through various media platforms.
“My service in uniform has been one of the highest honors and the foundation of my personal and professional lives,” Alisha said. “I want nothing more than for the institution to flourish. We must strive for a more open military culture. We must strive to maintain transgender service. We must support a force that is diverse and capable of meeting growing security challenges in a rapidly changing world.”