She’s fighting the good fight

NEW YORK — 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 “like a fish out of water,” 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 Women’s Action Network (SWAN), to improve the “welfare of U.S. servicewomen and veterans.” 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 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” compounds problems. And, she further shared that many don’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 “pass” 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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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.