This week, Mayor Andrew Ginther swore in Captain Lana Moore into the City of Columbus Hall of Fame.
Equality Ohio is proud to have nominated her and supported her nomination. Lana has been a longtime friend and partner to Equality Ohio and has worked relentlessly for an Ohio we can all call home, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
In nominating Lana, we said:
Lana Moore is a testament to standing in one’s truth and the power that can follow. Captain Moore, a third generation fire fighter, is a 35 year veteran of the City of Columbus Division of Fire. In 2008 Captain Moore came out as openly transgender and transitioned on the job from male to female. Consistently guided by a self-identified sense of civic pride, Lana has dedicated her career to making Columbus, and the world, better place. After her retirement in March 2016, Lana focused her voice and her talents, full time, to educating Ohioans about the transgender community, speaking across the state and nation.
Through her works on issues including anti-bullying and trans inclusive legislation, organizations like GLAAD, Equality Ohio, and TransOhio, have had the privilege of working with and learning from Lana. A dedicated champion of the community, advocate and community educator, Lana continues to encourage acceptance and diversity. In this time of heightened anti- lesbian, gay, bisexual, (and especially) transgender (LGBT) sentiment, this work is more crucial than ever.
From GLAAD, where Lana serves on the board of directors:
Lana Moore is a third-generation firefighter, EMT-B with the Columbus Division of Fire. She retired after 35 years of service to her community. From 1982-2002, she joined the Division Honor Guard marching and firing squad, and as an Honor Guard Commander for which she received the Fire Distinguished Service Award. Captain Moore has served for the past 16 years on the Division Awards Committee Review Board. In 2008, Captain Moore transitioned on the job and in October 2011, she received the Fire Service Award of Merit.
She has served on GLAAD’s Board of Directors for nearly six years where she has been a true inspiration to staff and has advanced GLAAD’s work to advocate for transgender people everywhere.
Lana has been a longtime friend and partner to Equality Ohio and has worked relentlessly for an Ohio we can all call home, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
While the US gov signals that trans people don't deserve the human dignity of having our true identities respected, I am proud that my city sees me (and others like me) and values our public service and our continued LGBTQ+ advocacy. #ColumbusHallOfFame#WontBeErased #GirlsLikeUs pic.twitter.com/b6TJk44SKY
— Lana Moore⚕️ (@LanaMMoore) October 31, 2018