The NGPA is committed to advocating for the entire LGBT aviation community. Transgender NGPA members have found a home where they can connect with each other and gain access to transgender-specific aviation medical consulting, confidential counselling services, and legal assistance. The NGPA provides an exclusive NGPA Transgender forum and database for tracking and reporting both homophobic and transphobic incidents in the workplace. We celebrate our transgender members with an annual transgender event as well as through various panel discussions and breakout sessions at our flagship events. Through our advocacy in the aviation industry, the NGPA has made great strides in assuring that the transgender community has equal access to pursuing their dreams in aviation.
For NGPA Transgender membership or family support
"As a transgender pilot, I lived in fear of the 'unknown' prior to my transition. The aviation field is predominantly male. Very few are women, and even fewer are transgender. The thought of coming out was daunting! How would I be treated? Would I be accepted? How would I be perceived? Would I lose my license?
Questions like these constantly played over in my head. Gender dyshphoria is nothing more than a birth defect. Unfortunately, many outside the medical community who specialize in this field fail to understand it. After much prayer, thought, and counsel, I took a leap of faith not knowing the outcome to any of those questions. Four years later, I made it! And what a ride!
The easy thing to do would have been to blend in and move on. When NGPA asked to do a story on me, I initially wanted to do just that: blend in and move on. However, those memories of my early fear came back to haunt me. If I could be a role model, and give others hope, then it would be worth the loss of anonymity to come forward and share my story."
- Kelly Lepley - Pilot, UPS