Tom Swann is a nationally-recognized gay civil rights and veteran leader who lives in Rancho Mirage, California. Tom was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and an E-6 with the Naval Air Reserve. In December 1992, as a GS11 civilian employee, Swann traveled to Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters in Washington DC and came out of the closet to a Navy Admiral. The Navy retaliated against Swann and placed him on the unfunded list in an attempt to terminate his employment. The ACLU filed several complaints on Swann’s behalf and in May 1994 his case was settled out of court. His case prompted Navy Secretary John Dalton to add sexual orientation protection to the Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) policy. Swann became the last gay federal worker to have his access to classified information challenged by the government. Swann has been featured in many prominent publications. He received awards from Navy Secretary John Dalton, GLBVA, Navy GLOBE, American Legion Post 448, Desert Business Association, Palm Springs Human Rights Commission, California Democratic Party, California Department of Veterans Affairs, Ventura County Board of Supervisors, and many more. He is a past regional vice president of GLBVA and served as President of both the Ventura County and Palm Springs GLBVA Chapters. In 2000 he served as co-chair of the Democratic National Convention Salute to Veterans. Swann received special permission from Vice President Al Gore to have the rainbow flag on stage next to the military service flags. Since 2000 Swann has served on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs HIV Community Advisory Board. In 2001, in Cathedral City California, he led the effort to erect America’s first veteran’s memorial dedicated solely to LGBT who died in war. Twice he has presented wreaths for LGBT war dead at Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns. He was the first openly gay member of the Riverside County Veterans Advisory Committee as well as the first openly gay AMVETS Post Commander and District Commander. He started the AMVETS Express which takes veterans free of charge from Cathedral City to the Loma Linda VA Hospital free of charge. He is a published author, college speaker and peace activist.