President Joe Biden will soon reverse the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement the reversal was not one of the 15 actions the new administration announced it would take place on Day One (as previously promised) but Psaki said it would be among the
“additional executive actions” that will be taken “in the coming days and weeks.”
Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was just confirmed and said that he supports reversing the ban on trans people from serving openly.
“If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve and you can expect that I will support that throughout.”
In July 2017, Trump announced transgender people would be barred from serving in the military reversing a policy decision announced by the Obama Administration in June 2016.
According to NBC News,
Thousands of transgender people already serve in the military. A 2016 Department of Defense survey estimated that 1 percent, or 8,980, active duty troops were transgender. Using the same data, the Palm Center, which studies LGBTQ people in the military, estimated that an additional 5,727 transgender people were in the Selected Reserve, bringing the total estimated number of transgender troops serving in 2016 to 14,707.
Blake Dremann, a transgender advocate and an active-duty lieutenant commander in the Navy who serves as treasurer of the LGBTQ military group Sparta, said
“We are excited for the ban to be lifted and we never have to tell another service member that being their authentic selves is a barrier to serving their nation.
The resilience and success of trans service members has shown we are committed to the success of the Nation.”
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