Natalie Rose believes it’s important for supporters of LGBTQ nondiscrimination to not automatically close the door on conservative decision-makers or community members. Natalie herself is a conservative who was raised in a Catholic family. In the 2010s, Natalie served in the Army National Guard in Texas as a Quartermaster Officer and was a distribution platoon leader in an engineer unit. Natalie’s also a transgender woman, meaning she was born male but felt for a while that she is female, and so she transitioned and now lives every day as the woman she has long known herself to be.
“I don’t think it’s the military’s role to have an opinion on that,” Natalie said about servicemembers’ sexual orientation or gender identity. “People should just be able to accept people who are able and willing to serve, and who have the aptitude to perform their job well—regardless of identity or sexual orientation. These people who serve openly don’t do their job any less effectively, and that’s all that should matter.”