Autumn Sandeen

Barista at Firedoglake's Pam's House Blend


Autumn Sandeen blogs for Firedoglake's Pam's House Blend, and is a columnist for San Diego's LGBT Weekly.

She is also a transgender activist, having recently handcuffed herself to the White House fence in April and November of 2010 over the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Her own Don't Ask, Don't Tell story is presented in "internet ink" on the HRC's website, and in video format on DOD Fed Globe's website.

She's currently retired from the military, and has a Veterans Administration (VA) Disability Rating of 100% - Service Connected. [The main, contributing factor for her VA disability rating is Bipolar II ½ (also referred to as cyclothymic disorder), although she has physical disabilities involving her right wrist and her back.] So, to fill her days she writes, and does other activism work.

After retiring from the U.S. Navy and received her initial disability rating from the VA, she explored her gender dysphoria with counselors in San Diego's VA Medical Center, and began transitioning as a male-to-female transsexual on February 6, 2003.

For Pam's House Blend she covered the Hate Crime Murder Trial for victim Angie Zapata from the Greeley, Colorado courtroom. She was interviewed by TruTV at the end of the trial.

Autumn has previously written for the Ex-Gay Watch.