CANYON, TX (KFDA) - A decorated, transgender Naval officer is scheduled to speak at West Texas A&M University.
Lieutenant Commander Blake Dremann will speak on the campus as part of WTAMU's new distinguished lecture series.
Dremann has served in a variety of shore and sea duties during his 11 years in the Navy.
In 2016 after former President Barack Obama lifted the ban of transgenders in the military, Dremann became the first openly transgender service member to be promoted to a higher rank.
He was promoted from lieutenant to lieutenant commander.
During his years of service, Dremann received various awards including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and others.
He is also acting President of Service Members, Partners and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All; a national LGBT advocacy group.
The mission behind the Distinguished Lecture Series at WT is to invite people of national prominence to campus in order to expose students to larger issues in life and how to overcome them.
Professor of Communications and coordinator for Buff Allies Kristina Drumheller said the school is excited to have a person like Dremann speak before students, staff and other attendees.
"We are excited to bring such a dynamic and committed speaker to campus," said Drumheller. "His service to the U.S. in general, and the LGBTQIA community in particular, is inspiring."
Dremann is expected to talk about his continued activist efforts to help transgender service members, and why it is important to do so.
The Lieutenant Commander will be speaking at WTAMU on Monday, October 2 in the JBK Legacy Hall.
Dremann was originally scheduled to speak inside the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall, but was moved to a larger venue after growing interest in his speech.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
For more information visit WTAMU's website here.
If you plan to attend, be aware that the venue hall on campus may change again with growing interest.