Community Building Through the Power of Labels – Alexandria Holder – TEDxFoggyBottom

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Alexandria Holder is an LGBTQ+ military advocate and currently serves as Assistant First Sergeant in the US Airforce. In her talk, Holder discusses the impact of labels in our society and describes how “labels, at their worst, can drive divisions between us, […] but at their best, labels describe those things that connect us to one another.” Alexandria Holder is an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, with a specific focus on the military transgender population. She utilizes her own experiences as an active duty service member to mentor and educate various groups regarding difficulties facing LGBTQ+ members of the United States military and to advocate for their equal treatment to senior leaders, elected officials, and to the public. She has been featured as one of the 150 most powerful women in Washington, D.C., in Washingtonian magazine, praised by Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois during Department of Defense Pride 2019, and was chosen as the inaugural winner of SPART*A’s Albert Cashier Award for service to the military transgender community. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at