Rights for Trans Military & Veterans: A Conversation with Jay Potter

Jay Potter was a Specialist in the 143rd Military Police Co and he loved life in the military, “because it is family,” he says, “It is a love you won’t share with many people in your life and as a soldier there is a lot of that.”

Jay Potter, by Alex Mancini Photo

“I felt drawn to military service because I succeed in a disciplined environment and love a challenge. I am a major athlete and the ability to showcase my brains and brawn for a living was enticing. “

But Jay is no longer in the military and if Trump gets his way, won’t be again.

I first talked to Jay for an article I wrote for the Philly Weekly about how a number of trans veterans were responding to Trump’s call for an effective ban on trans people serving in the military. Jay was able to passionately articulate why this ban is so bad, not only for the trans people affected directly, but for the entire military and for trans people around the world.

We chatted about his service, his transition, this backwards policy, civilian life and Jay’s projects to help trans youth and their families. This is a super informative and moving episode.

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