Jun 17, 2019
Emily Harman, host of
interviews her Naval Academy
classmate and Clinical Program Director of the John Hopkins Center
for Transgender Health, Paula Neira. Paula shares how she overcame
a traumatic loss (her naval career) but kept moving forward, being
consistent in her core values. In moving onward, Paula realized her
calling in life was broader than just serving in the Navy and that
she has been blessed with the opportunity to help others in many
explains the history of transgender individuals serving in the U.S.
shares why she decided to attend the U.S. Naval
explains why she had to leave the Navy and end her naval
shares important lessons (things to do or not do) that she learned
from dealing with her greatest adversity.
discusses past suicidal thoughts.
does it take to respond to discrimination?
questions does Paula typically get asked about being
explains her role as co-sponsor of the new USNS Harvey Milk, an
underway replenishment oiler.
and Emily talk about how we don’t always know the grand plan for
our lives - your life is your life. There is no
“supposed to be.”
explains how her experience shaped how she approaches her current
job as Clinical Program Director of the John Hopkins Center
for Transgender Health.
societal change happens incrementally.
should a parent do if their child questions their gender identity
and how did Paula’s parents react?
times of adversity, you have to take care of yourself and ask for
help when it is needed.
shares that her Naval Academy classmates have treated with respect
since she identified as transgender.
3 Key Points:
country is stronger because of our diversity. People should not be
denied opportunity ( i.e to serve or access medically necessary
care) based on other’s prejudice.
struggle to move our country forward is often fraught with
adversity and we have to keep going.
people who fight for civil rights or social justice, there are some
important things to consider:
Resolute (Never Surrender, Live by Your Core Values)
Strategic (Make decisions based on achieving victory and not
Healthy (Self-care, Realistic perspectives, Patience)
only direction you can go in after dealing with adversity is
forward.” – Paula Neira
didn’t matter how good I was at my job. It didn’t matter how
dedicated I was. It didn’t matter what skills I had. The only thing
that mattered was that my gender identity didn’t align with the sex
that I was assigned at birth.” – Paula Neira
of being a leader is taking care of your people, and we’ve put into
place regulations that prevent them from doing that.” – Paula
- Listeners can contact Paula at work via email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 443-287-7161
Veterans Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255 press 1
The Veterans Crisis Line is a
free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if
you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The
caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are
specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages
The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Project is the
leading national organization providing crisis intervention and
suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
JHCTH (Johns Hopkins Center for
The mission of the Johns Hopkins
Center for Transgender Health is to reduce health care disparities
and improve the overall health of the transgender community through
world-class clinical care, medical education and research.
Embracing diversity and inclusion, the Center for Transgender
Health provides affirming, objective, person-centered care to
improve health and enhance wellness; educates interdisciplinary
health care professionals to provide culturally competent,
evidence-based care; informs the public on transgender health
issues; and advances medical knowledge by conducting biomedical