• Shane Ortega walked into the Americana Ballroom at the Loews Hotel Friday morning, with an enlightened mind, but a burdened heart. The two-spirit activist and retired Army Staff Sergeant carried the thoughts and memories of 14 fallen brothers and sisters that they had known through two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

  • I am human; nothing human can be alien to me.”

    — Terence, 2nd century B.C.