Laila Ireland

Laila Ireland

Transgender Veteran and Activist

Veteran Laila Ireland is a retired Healthcare Management Administration Specialist and served for 12 years in the United States Army. She served two combat tours in Iraq and her final duty station was at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii where she was honorably discharged and medically retired in November 2015. On June 4, 2015 Laila and her then fiancé, SSgt Logan Ireland, courageously came out as transgender service members by sharing their story in the Emmy-nominated New York Times short film "Transgender, at War and in Love.” The American Military Partners Association presented Laila with their “Military Spouse Leadership Award" in 2016 and she is the 2017 Military Spouse of the Year on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The feature documentary, “TransMilitary,” which shares more of her story and work to end the ban on transgender service members premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018 and won Best Feature Documentary Audience Award.

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