ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

The U.S. Military May Allow Transgender Service Members. Here Are Five Unresolved Issues

The U.S. Military May Allow Transgender Service Members. Here Are Five Unresolved Issues

This week the U.S. government announced it may begin allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, possibly early next year. This is another positive development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and it comes nearly four years after the U.S. military lifted a ban on openly LGBT service members. The U.S. would join 18 nations—including Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom—that allow transgender people to serve in the military.

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New Orleans Just Got a Multimillion-Dollar Gift to Fight Racial Inequality

New Orleans Just Got a Multimillion-Dollar Gift to Fight Racial Inequality

‘Like a Girl’ Campaign Returns, and It’s More Relevant Than Ever

‘Like a Girl’ Campaign Returns, and It’s More Relevant Than Ever