MilPride — An AMPA Program for Military Families with LGBTQ Kids
“For Our Pride and Joy”
MilPride is a new AMPA program focused on supporting our nation’s military families with LGBTQ youth. Military families already have to face extraordinary sacrifices and challenges in their service to our country, and those families with LGBTQ children face even greater barriers due to a lack of support and resources. AMPA is committed to connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving these modern military families.
Are you a part of a military family with LGBTQ+ kids?
Meet our program managers:
Mother of a Transgender Child
Amanda Brewer has been a military spouse for over 15 years. In 2015, Amanda’s second child Jennifer came out as transgender. At that moment, Amanda knew she must be the best advocate she could for her child. She started by speaking out at local school board meetings in favor of inclusion for all children. One of the hardest times for Amanda was when the Trump-Pence administration rescinded federal guidance protecting transgender students from discrimination in February 2017, but it fueled her passion to help protect these children who longer had the backing of the federal government. With military families stationed across the country and around the world, Amanda is committed to advancing consistent policies to help these families deal with multiple moves.
Mother of a transgender child
Until recently, Jessica Girven and her family were stationed in Germany for the last 8 years. After her daughter Blue came out as transgender in mid-2016, Jessica became her fiercest advocate. Living as an American family abroad, subject to the many inconsistently enforced regulations impacting military families’ access to education and healthcare, presented unique challenges to her family. First, when Blue’s affirming school environment was taken away by the superintendent of her Department of Defense (DOD) school, Jessica worked with AMPA and other advocates to push the Office of the Secretary of Defense to establish a clear policy of acceptance and affirmation across all DOD schools worldwide. When the affirming policy was reversed after the 2016 election, she fought to ensure that the DOD schools on their base in Germany did not change their level of support for LGBT students. Jessica has fought for appropriate transgender-related healthcare for Blue and all other transgender children stationed with their families overseas. In July 2017, Jessica and Blue traveled to DC and met with numerous Members of Congress to highlight the inconsistent access to transgender-related health care at military treatment facilities. Blue, herself, even met with many members of the House Armed Services Committee. Numerous media stories reflect Jessica’s willingness to be a voice for her daughter, and for military families who face discrimination because they are LGBTQ.
Grandmother to a transgender child
Mary is retired now, but spent most of her career designing and building websites for U.S. government and international organizations. Mary is Jessica’s mother, and she joined her daughter and transgender granddaughter Blue on a trip to Washington, DC, in August 2017 to fight for Blue’s right to medical care, which had been denied by the US military in Germany. Mary sees MilPride as a perfect opportunity to help other families in similar situations.