Billionaire Military Colonel Comes Out As Transgender
Colonel Jennifer Natalya Pritzker, who until now has been known as James Pritzker, has come out as transgender.
An official statement reads:
"As of Aug. 16, 2013, J.N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker. This change will reflect the beliefs of her true identity that she has held privately and will now share publicly. Pritzker now identifies herself as a woman for all business and personal undertakings."
Pritzker's spokeswoman declined to answer questions about Col. Pritzker's sexuality or possible hormone therapy.
According to Crain's: "Col. Pritzker, 63, is president and CEO of Tawani, founder and chairman of the military library and on the board of Squadron Capitol LLC, a private-equity firm in Connecticut. Her Tawani Foundation promotes conservation and military causes and programs. Forbes lists her as having a net worth of $1.5 billion."
Pritzker served in the U.S. Army for 11 years and the U.S. National Guard for an additional 16 years.
In July, Pritzker's Tawani Foundation awarded a grant to the University of California's Palm Center to study the ability of transgender people to serve openly in the military. The $1.35 million donation will also fund research into transgender service members in the police force and the fire department.