Laila Ireland is a retired combat nurse who served two tours in Iraq. Her husband Logan Ireland is an active Air Force staff sergeant.
Together, they’re fighting to make life better for trans service members. Part of their battle is opposing Trump’s proposal to reinstate a ban on transgender people in the military that was lifted in 2016.
“Being trans in the military is, was hard,” she explained. “Prior to 2016 it was like serving under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell where you had to kind of just hide your identity. Specifically transgender people are having to prove themselves over and over and over again on a daily basis.”
Lailia joined the military in 2003 and began her transition in 2012. Logan joined the Air Force in 2010 and began transitioning in 2012. They’re both among a group of transgender service members featured in a new documentary called “TransMilitary.”
“Being trans in the military is just like being anyone else serving in the military,” she explained. “We all have one thing in common, we rose our hand and solemnly swore to protect and defend the United States.”
The couple also works with a group called SPART*A that supports, educates, and connects transgender service members. They plan to continue their fight for equality.