North Carolina News Notes
Sheâ€™s fighting the good fight
NEW YORK â€” Former National Guardsperson Sgt. Jen Hogg, is stepping it up for LGBT veteran and servicemember rights.
The former Sanford, N.C., native was 12 when she realized she was a lesbian. According to an article published by Out in Jersey, she felt â€ślike a fish out of water,â€ť growing up in rural North Carolina.
At 18 she moved back to her birthplace, Buffalo, N.Y., and enlisted in the Guard. On 9/11 she was called into active duty. After five years of service, she left for civilian life. A year later, she co-founded the Service Womenâ€™s Action Network (SWAN), to improve the â€śwelfare of U.S. servicewomen and veterans.â€ť Hogg is vocal on military sexuality and gender issues. In fact, one of the most controversial issues it addresses is sexual trauma within the military.
She stated that â€śDonâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€ť compounds problems. And, she further shared that many donâ€™t report assaults because of the investigative process.
The article said that lesbians are more damaged by the policy bans and that it is at a higher rate than for males. Men tend to get a â€śpassâ€ť because they are at the front line of battle, unlike their female counterparts who normally perform other duties.
Hogg is now studying law at City University of New York.
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