President JoeBiden met this morning with his new Secretary of Defense, four-star Army general Lloyd Austin, and multiple outlets signed an executive order.
This policy states that all Americans that are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces should be allowed to.
Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service,” the administration said in a release.
“The All-Volunteer Force thrives when it is composed of diverse Americans who can meet the rigorous standards for military service, and an inclusive military strengthens our national security.”
As we reported Friday, Austin, the first Black Secretary of Defense in the nation’s history, said he supported overturning the much-hated ban at his Senate confirmation hearings last week.
“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 his new executive order, Biden directed the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Homeland Security to implement the order and provide a report within 60 days on their progress and imediately prohibited
“involuntary separations, discharges, and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances relating to gender identity.”
Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project said in a statement about the announcement,
“This discriminatory ban was cruel and unnecessary from its inception, and we hope that its reversal sends a clear message to transgender and nonbinary youth everywhere that they should be proud of who they are, that they are deserving of our country’s respect and that they have the right to serve with honor.”
Many other LGBTQ+ organizations as well as plantiffs who sued to have the ban overturned applauded the move.
NEW: @POTUS @JoeBiden undoes former Pres Donald Trump's ban on #transgender people serving in the US military— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) January 25, 2021
New exec order "sets the policy that all Americans who are qualified to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States should be able to serve" per White House statement pic.twitter.com/88ejo3ByVz
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