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