Katie Miller spent the first half of her undergraduate education at the United States Military Academy. At West Point, she ranked 8th out of her class of over 1,100 cadets when evaluated on academic performance, physical fitness and military leadership. However, Miller could not square her honor as an aspiring Army Officer with the daily half-truths required from her under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. In 2010, she publicly announced resignation from the academy on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and was honorably discharged from the military.
Miller immediately joined the founding board of OutServe – the association of actively-serving LGBT servicemembers – and served as a spokesperson in major media interviews, including: The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, ESPN, NPR and the BBC. She also escorted Lady Gaga to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
A Truman scholar, Miller graduated in 2012 from Yale University with a B.A. in political science. She continues to advocate for sound LGBT military personnel policy as a board member for the newly merged OutServe-SLDN, making her the youngest board member of a major LGBT organization.
Miller joined the LGBT Research and Communications team at the Center for American Progress last fall, and she is currently pursuing Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.