O’side City Council Supports Trans Military Personnel

San Diego county is home to many military personnel, particularly Camp Pendleton in Oceanside. On Wednesday, January 10, the Oceanside City Council unanimously approved a resolution showing the city’s support of transgender members of the Armed Forces. The resolution was introduced by Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery and Councilmember Esther C. Sanchez.

A copy of the resolution can be seen at http://www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=46362

Special thanks go to Max Disposti and the North County LGBTQ Center as the driving force behind the event: contacting the City Council, writing the resolution, and presenting a short video at the meeting.

An estimated 50 people, including trans-community activists and allies, were in attendance. Paige Biron, Neutral Corner member and veteran marine assault transport helicopter pilot, spoke for a few minutes about her own experiences. (”I flew off ships in good weather and bad, and I’m still here…) She noted a sometimes a patriarchal attitude in the military, and how community support really means a lot to transitioning service people.


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