Karen Kendra Holmes works for the Federal Government as a Safety Officer. She is a strong advocate for the Transgender Community speaking around the country from military, police, fire, medical field, university, etc. Karen is volunteering with the Department of Justice / Community Relations Department as a Subject Matter Expert going around the country speaking to Law Enforcement Agencies. She will be trying to build the Bridge between the Transgender Community and Law Enforcement Agencies. Karen in November 2021 was on the cover of “The Platform Magazine '' an international magazine for her service work to the country. She is a International Board Member Transgender Veteran Support Group (TVSG) LGBTQ Resources. Also, with TVSG she is the President for the Washington, DC Chapter, and the Vice President with the Maryland Chapter. In July of 2021 Karen has received the honor of the 14th Annual Prideindex National Esteem Award for Outstanding Service, Transgender for her advocate, award winning Public Servant.
Karen on October 2020 received the AARP Maryland Andrus Award for Community Service, in recognition of exceptional service to my community. She also received the Engendered Spirit Award from Capital Pride in June of 2018. She also was a TEDx Speaker with TEDx Asbury Park, NJ on May 19, 2018. In April 2017 she received the “2017 Monica Roberts Advocacy Award”. She was selected in January 2017 by LGBTQ Nation as one of the “Top 50 Successful Transgender Americans You Need to Know”. In May of 2015, she was honored in a special edition among 31 other women from around the world in The Platform Magazine, for up and inspiring females who have made a difference with their platform and inspired others with their positive values towards others. In October 2013 she received “Soldier of the Year”, out of the country, by the State Guard Association of the United States out of 24 states and 23 thousand soldiers. In December 2012 she received “Non-Commissioned Officer Soldier of the Year” by the Maryland State Guard Association and The Maryland Defense Force.
Karen has her own side business called SafetyFirst DMV and is certified as an instructor through the National Safety Council. She is always saying: “My Life Inspiration is not to have more, but to be more. Making a Difference is my mission! Karen believes wholeheartedly in the importance of Giving Back to her Community.
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