Robina Asti was a transgender pioneer. A widow, a WWII veteran, and the oldest living active pilot until her death on March 12, 2021 at 99-years-old. Robina would have turned 100 on April 7th. Two years ago she founded The Cloud Dancers Foundation because as an elderly person and a transgender person, she often felt invisible and wanted to make sure no one would feel how she felt.
The Cloud Dancers Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) with a mission to grant extraordinary wishes to those who feel invisible, starting with the elder transgender community, inspired by Robina.
$100k for 100 Years
To celebrate Robina's nearly 100 years of life we have set an ambitious goal to raise $100,000 to honor Robina's impact on the LGBTQ+ community and to continue the Cloud Dancer Foundation's mission. We’re calling this ambitious endeavor our “$100k for 100 Years” goal. If you are able to donate, no amount is too small. We hope you share Robina’s story with others. #transdayofvisibility is on March 31. Help us accomplish our mission!!
A Life Well Lived - in the air and on land!
Robina transitioned nearly 50 years ago, before most of us ever heard the word "transgender." In her youth, she flew combat missions in WWII and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander. The name “Cloud Dancers” is inspired by Asti’s time as a WWII pilot and her life-long passion for aeronautics. Until her death, she was an active-licensed navigator and flight instructor.
Asti’s mission came into focus after her husband, Norwood Patton passed away in 2012. Asti applied for the standard widow benefits from the Social Security Administration but was denied because they said she was not legally a woman at the time of her marriage to Patton in 2004. Asti felt this was a great injustice and decided to fight back as an advocate for transgender rights, working with LGBT-advocacy nonprofit organization, Lambda Legal.
As part of her legacy and devotion to supporting those who are vulnerable and emotionally disenfranchised, Asti established Cloud Dancers in 2019. Asti has shared her story to inspire others and has been featured on ABC News, Inside Edition, People Magazine, Refinery29, and gave a TedX Talk in 2015.
Support Cloud Dancers to grant extraordinary wishes to all who feel invisible, focusing on the elderly transgender community. #WeSeeYou.