Transgender Military Ban

Although the "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been repealed, that policy change still leaves transgender members of the military without protection. A serviceman or woman can still be discharged simply for being transgender. Here we track the latest news on efforts to repeal the ban on transgender Americans from serving openly in the military.
Op-ed: Dear Media and Fellow Trans Men, We Are More Than Our Bodies

Op-ed: Trans Men, We Are More Than Our Bodies

The U.S. Army’s first out trans soldier argues that media obsession with trans men’s medical histories and traditional masculinity detracts from what we need to discuss most.

Meet the First Out Trans Soldier in the U.S. Military

Meet the First Out Trans Soldier in the U.S. Military

Army Sgt. Shane Ortega, a transgender man currently serving in Oahu, knows that 'administratively, I shouldn't exist.'

WATCH: Meet the Navy Veteran Kicked Out for Being Trans

WATCH: Meet the Navy Veteran Kicked Out for Being Trans

Landon Wilson, the transgender former Navy cryptologist who was discharged for being trans, took his story to CBS News.

Army Makes Positive Move for Trans Troops

Army Makes Positive Move for Trans Troops

A new Army policy makes it more difficult to discharge transgender troops, but will other service branches follow?

Op-ed: When Being a Trans Ally Is as Simple as Asking a Question

Op-ed: Being a Trans Ally Can Start With a Simple Question

The promised study of allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military seemed stalled for a while, but one gay man asked a simple question to help move things along.

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.

WATCH: Allyson Robinson Slams Pentagon's Lack of Leadership on Trans Military Ban

Ending the Trans Military Ban: 'Let's Just Get This Done'

The former Army captain and West Point graduate has a message for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: End the military's ban on open service by transgender Americans.

What LGBT Policy Challenges Are on Deck for 2015?

What LGBT Policy Challenges Are on Deck for 2015?

President Obama gave his annual overview of items Washington should be dealing with this year, but what are the big issues for LGBT Americans?

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?

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.

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