Michelle Marie McKay met Associate Editor Shaun Knittel of the Seattle Gay News through OutMilitary.com – a social networking website for LGBT Servicemembers. That’s when McKay got to tell her story as a transgender advocate and veteran. McKay is a resident of Williamsburg, VA and active in LGBT organizations across the state.
“I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1970, just two weeks after graduating high school,” she tells the publication recalled Michelle. “I did this because of Vietnam, and I had a fear of being drafted into the Army. I felt I couldn’t survive Vietnam because I wasn’t masculine. I had always known I wasn’t the boy I was seen as and demanded to be.”