Lana, a third-generation firefighter, EMT-B with the Columbus Division of Fire retired earlier this year with 35 years of service. She participated from 1982-2002 on the Division Honor Guard marching and firing squad, and as an Honor Guard Commander for which she received the Fire Distinguished Service Award. Captain Moore has served for the past 16 years on the Division Awards Committee Review Board. In 2008 Captain Moore came out as openly transgender and transitioned on the job from male to female. October 2011, she received the Fire Service Award of Merit for work she did in 2009 on a special project as Project Manager on the development and implementation of an inventory tracking system for the Quartermaster.
In 2011, Lana served as Moderator (Chairperson) of her Church Board of Trustees and also the Senior Pastoral Committee at North Congregational United Church of Christ. The first trans person to hold those positions.
Lana has traveled the state sharing her story and speaking on transgender issues within the LGBTQI movement in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Dayton. Lana has also presented trans workshops in Boston, Atlanta, and Denver. Last October, Lana worked closely with Stonewall Columbus to bring GLAAD and the Columbus Division of Fire together for an Anti-Bullying Public Service announcement and to turn the Short North & City Hall purple, raising awareness for Spirit Day.
Currently, Ms. Moore is a member of Columbus’ Roundtable of Local LGBT Leaders. She is a Vice Chair on the Executive Board of Directors for GLAAD (An international media advocacy organization) and she volunteers locally for Franklin County’s “CATCH Court” as a mentor for women who are survivors of human trafficking.
Lana is the parent of two grown children, ages 21 and 24, and resides in Westerville, OH. We are honored to celebrate Captain Lana Moore as the 2016 Columbus Pride Grand Marshal.