Corrections & Clarifications: Lana Moore served on GLAAD’s board of directors from 2013 until 2020.
As a third-generation firefighter and then fire captain, Lana Moore served the city of Columbus for 35 years. In 2008, she came out to her crew as transgender.
While some in the department grumbled, Moore said both her chief and union president were fully supportive, and two years after she retired in 2016, she was inducted into the city’s hall of fame.
That’s why it pains her to know Ohio lawmakers – for whom, she said, she would have laid down her life as a firefighter – last month overrode Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of H.B. 68, a bill banning gender-affirming care for young people and preventing transgender girls and women from competing in female high school and college sports. And they’re still mulling a slate of bills that would restrict transgender rights and visibility.