I am an Air Force veteran that is now working full time on a startup, Trekr. I graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2009 in a top cadet leadership position. In 2010 I co-founded OutServe, an association of LGBT actively serving military personnel. Under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and nationally known only as "JD Smith" I connected thousands of currently serving LGBT servicemembers and worked to help overturn DADT, appearing in shadow on national TV and liasoning with Pentagon and White House officials.
In 2012, when OutServe and SLDN merged, I was voted co-chair, making me the youngest co-chair of a major LGBT group. I appeared on CNN, HLN, and MSNBC and my comments are regularly sought by the media to represent gay active duty members. I also authored "Our Time: Breaking the Silence of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell" put out by Penguin Press.