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The Current State of Transgender Military Service

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, OutServe-SLDN is providing a review the state of transgender military service. Despite the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) more than a year ago, transgender Americans are still required to serve in silence, often at great personal risk. Issues for transgender individuals may arise at the time of enlistment, appointment or commissioning into the armed forces, or may arise for personnel already serving in the military.

The military has a binary view of gender; therefore, the rules and regulations, including the language the military uses, reflect this view. Our assessment focuses on the continued bar to service in the U.S. armed forces by those who identify (or who the military identifies) as transgender. It is important to note that while the U.S. maintain a ban, many of our allies allow transgender people to serve. OutServe-SLDN is committed to changing that and ensuring that we join the nations around the world that allow service by all qualified LGBT patriots.

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By David McKean, OutServe-SLDN Legal Director |