Transgender Issues

This information is excerpted from Freedom to Serve: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Military Service.

*the guide is currently in re-write.  Information below may not be up-to-date post DADT and post-DOMA eras*

Transgender Veterans

The DD-214 form issued to each service member upon discharge carries no gender marker, though it does list legal name. Some transgender veterans have successfully amended this name listing with a DD-215 form, which lists changes to the DD-214.

By regulation, the VA is not permitted to perform or pay for sex reassignment surgery. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs released a directive on 10 June 2011 articulating a policy of fair and equal treatment for transgender veterans. It also confirms coverage for medically necessary healthcare for transgender veterans, such as sex-specific care like mammograms and pap smears, and transition-related care like hormones and mental health services.

Transgender Resources

FTM International

FTM International serves the Female-to-Male community by providing support meetings for FTMs and their families in cities around the world.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people.

Transgendered American Veterans Association (TAVA)

TAVA was formed to address the growing concerns of fair and equal treatment of transgender veterans and active duty service members.

Transgender Law Center (TLC)

The Transgender Law Center is a California-based civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. TLC utilizes direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and educational opportunities to advance the rights and safety of diverse transgender communities.

Transgender Law & Policy Institute (TLPI)

The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

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