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Decorated Transgender Naval Officer to Speak at WTAMU

Sept. 26, 2017

CONTACT:   Dr. Kristina Drumheller, 806-651-2816, kdrumheller@wtamu.edu

Decorated Transgender Naval Officer to Speak at WTAMU


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University will host decorated transgender Navy officer, Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Legacy Hall of the Jack B. Kelley Student Center.

His presentation, sponsored by the WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series and Buff Allies, is free and open to the public. Dremann will talk about the continued importance of his activist efforts for transgender service membLt. Cmdr. Blake Dremanners and their families in these uncertain times.

The Distinguished Lecture Series at WTAMU was created in 2007 to enhance student education. The mission of the series is to invite persons of national prominence to the WTAMU campus in order to expose students to experts and well-known speakers.

Dremann has served in a variety of sea and shore duty assignments, completing 11 deployments during his 11-year military career. In 2016, he became the first openly transgender service member to be promoted after the ban on transgender troops ended. Dremann currently serves as president of Service Members, Partners and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All, a national LBGT advocacy organization.

“We are excited to bring such a dynamic and committed speaker to campus,” said Kristina Drumheller, professor of communication and coordinator for Buff Allies. “His service to the U.S. in general, and the LGBTQIA community in particular, is inspiring.”

During his years of service, Dremann has received various awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. In 2015, he was honored with the Navy League's Vice Admiral Robert F. Batchelder Award, the Navy’s highest logistics award.



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