In our latest “Faces of our Families” profile, we’d like to introduce you to Ryan and Sara. They are both teachers, and Ryan is also serving his country as a corporal in the New York Army National Guard. He also happens to be transgender.

They met at SUNY Albany, where they both went to college after growing up near Buffalo, New York. They’ve been in love ever since.

“Ryan is extremely loyal and kind-hearted. He is also resilient. I admire all of these qualities and aim to follow his example.” – Sara

“Sara has always inspired me to be a better, more responsible person. If she sets a goal, it’s going to be accomplished, which inspires me to step up in my endeavors.” – Ryan

The American Military Partner Association means a lot to this family. They’re both grateful for AMPA and its members who have supported and fought for them and all LGBTQ service members and their families over the past few years.

“The current administration’s effort to ban transgender soldiers inserts a constant uncertainty into our lives and the lives of so many other military families like mine. The ban on transgender service members would strip me of my ability to serve my country and support my family. We already willingly grapple with the sacrifices and stressors of being military families, and it’s an atrocity that we now have to fear for our very existence.” – Ryan

AMPA, represented by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, is suing President Trump over his transgender military ban on behalf of our transgender members — like Ryan. In the lawsuit Karnoski v. Trump, Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN are now representing nine individual plaintiffs, all of whom are transgender, and three organizational plaintiffs – the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Seattle-based Gender Justice League, and AMPA.