April 28, 2020

Transgender Awareness Alliance

Transgender Awareness Alliance

A native of South Carolina, Greg graduated from The Citadel in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. After working 5 years as a Police Officer and Firefighter, he began working in the trade business at FedEx. Greg has been a member of Tau Kappa Phi Inc, a non-profit LGBT Greek lettered organization since 2004. During this time, he helped to maintain a space within Tau Kappa Phi for transgender men, Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc. serving as the first president of the organization. Greg served as a moderator for a transgender support group at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ.  He has been on the board of South Carolina Equality as the chairman of the Trans Action Task Force, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Harriet Hancock Center.  Greg has spoken in Washington DC with the U.S. Department of Justice ; Federal Bureau of Prisons, Dorn VA Hospital, Federal Correction Institution; Edgefield, SC, Federation of Families Summer Summit, The International Conference on Stigma, and various other engagements.

Introduction

The South—filled with good food, hospitality, and a history of conservative values. Trailing these conservative values is the Military College of South Carolina, also known as The Citadel. Those who attended this college leave their civilian life at home to become a cadet in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. Built on intense military training and values, the college is not for the faint of heart. And according to their attrition reports, 16 percent drop out the first year. However, our guest this week is a former Citadel Cadet. 

 

Meet Greg Green (he/him/his)  

 

A South Carolina native. Greg graduated from The Citadel in 2006 with a degree in Psychology. Greg served as a police officer and firefighter for 5 years, transitioning during the time of his service. Greg has been a member of Tau Kappa Phi Inc, a non-profit LGBT Greek lettered organization since 2004. During this time, he helped to maintain a space within Tau Kappa Phi for transgender men, and served as first president of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc. Greg served as a moderator for a transgender support group at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ.  He has been on the board of South Carolina Equality as the chairman of the Trans Action Task Force, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Harriet Hancock Center.  Greg has spoken in Washington DC with the U.S. Department of Justice; Federal Bureau of Prisons, Dorn VA Hospital, Federal Correction Institution; Edgefield, SC, Federation of Families Summer Summit, The International Conference on Stigma, and various other engagements.

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode we talk about:

-        Coming out trans as an officer

-        Being trans in the south  

-        Tau Kappa Phi and Alpha Omega Kappa

-        Legally changing your name 

-        Transgender Awareness Alliance

 

Quotables

“Once your name is changed there is so many things you couldn’t do [before] and it gives you a sense of liberation.” – Greg Green

 

“Transgender is old… it’s not anything new.” – Greg Green

 

“It’s important to meet where people are, and not drain ourselves.” – Greg Green

 

“If someone’s not ready to hear you, you’re going to end up arguing.” – Greg Green

 

“We could all be doing what we think is the right thing, and it turns out—absolutely no, it’s all wrong.” – Greg Green

 

“We won’t be erased.” – Greg Green

 

 

Resources

Transgender Awareness Alliance

https://www.taagg.org/

 

Transgender Awareness Alliance – Facebook 

 

https://www.facebook.com/TAAGGSC/