Robina Asti has always loved flying. She was a commercial pilot and flight instructor, and flew for the Navy in World War II. At 92, Asti tells her story of living as a transgender woman since 1976, and her fight against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the U.S. to be treated like any other widow. Find out how Asti's case, taken up by Lambda Legal, succeeded in changing policy at the SSA.


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  • Alicia

    That love transcends all things. Just give it time and hopefully, those that loved you once will realize that they can't stop loving you because of your choice of gender. A wonderful love story.

  • Deepak

    Thank you for your relentless fight against injustice .

  • Brian

    Thanks Team. Great story for today's current events. We'll keep shining the light...The power is in the peace and unity...1Earth...1People. Peace

  • Sue

    What a strong woman

  • Julie

    So touching to see Robina's courage. I was moved to tears.

  • Chin Chin

    Feminine beauty found in the sky. Asti you are so beautiful.Thanks for being you, a real woman, a real warrior.

  • Holly A.

    This is a beautiful video sharing the story of Robina - an amazing, fascinating, brave American hero who also happens to be trans. My mind and heart have opened watching this. I am relieved she received the acknowledgement and benefits she deserved. It's equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking to see this the day after our POTUS tweets that trans should not be allowed to serve our country. :'(

  • Benthe Ploug

    You look so beautiful. You are so strong. Thank you for sharing your story. Best greeting from Denmark, love Benthe.

  • Cara

    I so loved the beautiful spirit of this beautifully courageous, inspiring woman who wasn't afraid to spread her wings and fly! What an inspiring story of love and hope. Thank you!

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    I was so happy to read the comments that SSA changed their policy and Robina has received her benefits like she is due. Here's to the courage to be who we are and love freely. <3

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