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Although the "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been repealed, that policy change still leaves transgender members of the military without protection.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.
U.S. Military's Transgender Ban Begins to Fall Monday

Monday Marks Beginning of the End for Trans Military Ban

The Pentagon's working group tasked with rescinding the military's long-standing ban on service by openly transgender Americans will hold its first meeting Monday.

WATCH: Huckabee Compares Being Trans to Getting Breast Implants

Huckabee Compares Being Trans to Getting Breast Implants

The presidential aspirant also called open military service by transgender Americans 'absurd.'

Op-ed: The Dangers Inherent In Lifting the Trans Military Ban

Op-ed: The Dangers of Lifting the Trans Military Ban

Trouble awaits trans women who serve our nation as their authentic selves, says one who had to hide her true gender identity.

Right-Wing Sen. Jim Inhofe Wonders Which Bathroom Trans Troops Will Use

GOP Sen. Wonders: Which Bathroom for Trans Troops?

Conservative Republican Senator Jim Inhofe expressed confusion about which bathroom transgender troops would use once the ban is lifted against transgender Americans serving openly in the military.

Dear Liberty Counsel, Gay Does Not Equal Transgender

Dear Liberty Counsel, Gay Does Not Equal Transgender

The anti-LGBT group's daily email to supporters bemoaned 'the gayification of the Pentagon' in response to Monday's news about the lifting of the trans military ban.

REPORTS: Pentagon Poised to Lift Transgender Military Ban

Sec. of Defense Confirms: Yes, We'll Lift Trans Military Ban

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced a Pentagon working group that will operate under the presumption that transgender Americans should be able to serve openly in the U.S. military.

Remembering Jess Shipps

Remembering Jess Shipps

Friends remember U.S. Air Force veteran Jess Shipps, best known to friends as 'Jessie' the 'Lumberchick.'

Navy, Marines Take Step Toward Open Trans Service
July 06 2015 11:34 AM ET

Navy, Marines Move Toward Open Trans Service

Effective immediately, decisions about discharging transgender Marines and members of the Navy must be approved by Pentagon officials.

Op-ed: What Happened When President Obama Met Two Trans Service Members

Op-ed: When President Obama Met Two Trans Service Members

Laila Villanueva and her fiancé, Logan Ireland, are both transgender Americans currently serving in the U.S. military. At last month's White House Pride Reception, they made history.

Transgender Military Advocate Jess Shipps Dies by Suicide

Remembering Trans Military Advocate Jess Shipps

The 31-year-old Air Force veteran is remembered for helping others through work with SPARTA and through YouTube videos.

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