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Although the "don't ask, don't tell" policy has been repealed, that policy change still leaves transgender members of the military without protection.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.

King likens trans military members to castrated slaves, while Gohmert says they're a recruiting tool for terrorists.

July 15 2017 5:26 PM

Secretary of Defense James Mattis says the delay will allow more time to study how transgender troops will affect military readiness.

June 30 2017 10:22 PM Updated

That's one of several objections raised by GOP House members who want to reinstate the ban on trans troops.

June 29 2017 5:48 PM

The Human Rights Campaign is criticizing the Pentagon for not yet moving ahead with a permanent end to the trans military ban.

June 25 2017 1:48 PM

Their statement comes amid reports that Defense Secretary James Mattis might put a hold on bringing in transgender recruits.

June 08 2017 3:08 PM

Ending bans on open military service required collaboration and tenacity.

January 26 2017 6:13 AM

The civilian leader of the U.S. Army tells The Advocate he's seen no problems while ending the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.

November 01 2016 3:37 PM