New Defense Secretary 'Open-Minded' on Transgender Military Ban
February 23 2015 5:54 PM ET

New Defense Sec. 'Open-Minded' on Trans Military Ban

Just five days after being sworn in, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter indicated that he wants everyone who is willing and able to serve to be able to do so — and the White House agrees.

Army Agrees to Provide Chelsea Manning Transition-Related Care

Chelsea Manning May Finally Get Transition-Related Care

This is the second time military officials have said Manning could begin treatment deemed 'medically necessary,' and follows Manning filing a lawsuit for healthcare access.

WATCH: U.S. Navy Observes First Gay Homecoming Kiss

WATCH: U.S. Navy Observes First Gay Homecoming Kiss

It was "like any other kiss," said Thomas Sawicki, who became the first male member of the U.S. Navy to smooch a partner of the same sex in the traditional ceremony.

First Openly Gay Navy Seal to Speak at AMPA Gala

Though he was forced out of the closet, Brett Jones has an impressive history in the U.S. military and remains an icon for LGBT service men and women.

U.S. Navy Approves First Name-Change for a Trans Vet

U.S. Navy Approves First Name-Change for a Trans Vet

The decision is historic, but does not reflect a policy change.

Op-ed: Will the Next Defense Secretary Continue the Pentagon's Equality Expansion?

Dear Ash Carter: You Have Big Shoes To Fill

The next Defense secretary will likely have to carry the mantle of fully integrating all LGBT people into the military. Is Ash Carter game to do it?

Report Debunks Right-Wing Claims of Military Persecution of Christians

Report Debunks Right-Wing Claims of Military Persecution of Christians

Americans United for Separation of Church and State's report responds to 61 claims about perceived threats to 'religious liberty in the military,' several of which relate to LGBT people and issues.

Will Chuck Hagel Open Door for Trans Troops on His Way Out?

Will Hagel Open Door for Trans Troops on His Way Out?

There's still time for President Obama to shake the hand of the first openly transgender U.S. service member. Here's how the outgoing Secretary of Defense can make that a reality.

N.J. Trans Veterans Win Important Fight to Change Names on Military Records

Trans Vets Win Important Fight to Change Names on Military Records

In a potentially game-changing move, the U.S. Army has allowed two transgender veterans to update their names on their discharge papers.

REPORT: New Defense Dept. Policy Could Allow for Open Trans Service

Could a New Defense Dept. Policy Allow for Open Trans Service?

New policy changes to military regulations within the Department of Defense could allow transgender members to serve in the military, contends a new report from the Palm Center.

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