Transgender veteran's selfie sends powerful message to society

The Ban On Transgender Individuals In The Military May Soon Be Lifted
The Ban On Transgender Individuals In The Military May Soon Be Lifted


A transgender veteran's selfie has gone viral...all because of the t-shirt she's wearing.

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Meet Carla Lewis, a U.S. Air Force veteran from Tennessee, who was discharged from the military after being diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2010.

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Lewis, 44, posted this selfie on her Facebook page Friday, Nov. 6. The caption reads "Today's casual Friday t-shirt: 'Transgender Veteran: I fought for your right to hate me.'"

Less than a week later, the image now has nearly 15K shares and hundreds of comments for the veteran.

Today's casual Friday t-shirt: "Transgender Veteran: I fought for your right to hate me." http://www.zazzle.com/transgender_veteran_tees-235125714369524035

Posted by Carla Lewis on Friday, November 6, 2015



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Currently, transgender people are banned from military service, but soon this will change. Back in July of this year, the Pentagon announced plans to lift the ban on transgender military in May 2016.

Take a look at the transgender community's famous advocates:


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