Report of the Transgender Military Service Commission (USA)

The Transgender Military Service Commission, a commission of the Palm Center, issued a report recommending that President Barack Obama issue an executive order instructing the Department of Defense to amend its regulations so transgender people are no longer automatically barred from military service.  The Palm Center is funded in part by a $1.3 million grant from Jennifer Pritzker, […]

Chelsea (Bradley) Manning (USA)

Bradley Manning, who identifies as a transgender woman named Chelsea, is set to be released from prison next week as per the terms of Obama’s commutation of the remainder of Manning’s 35-year sentence.  Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted of whistleblowing 2010 and has been serving in an all-male (because he’s male) U.S. military […]

Chelsea (Bradley) Manning (USA)

A military prison psychologist has refused to recommend Chelsea (Bradley) Manning’s “gender be changed to female” in the Army’s Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, complicating Manning’s pending lawsuit.  The ACLU filed a lawsuit “against Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of the Army officials for their failure to provide […]

Lusardi v. U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (USA)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the Department of the Army to pay damages to a transgender employee whom it barred from a restroom matching her new identity and referred to her by her previous gender. The commission said the agency violated a federal sexual-discrimination law with its actions against Tamara Lusardi, a military veteran and civilian software specialist who transitioned from male […]

Nancy Pelosi @NancyPelosi (USA)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has signaled for the first time that she supports allowing transgender people to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesperson, told the Washington Blade his boss believes gender identity should not be a factor in prohibiting Americans from serving in the military. Now that the […]

U.S. Navy (USA)

Navy criminal investigators are looking into who secretly filmed female officers of a submarine crew while they were showering and changing clothes aboard the boat’s unisex bathrooms, a U.S. Navy official confirmed to CNN. An incident report filed with the Navy in November 2014 alleges at least three female officers were videotaped at various times over […]

Manning v. Hagel @ACLU_NCA (USA)

Bradley Manning, convicted of espionage and imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth, is suing the government because he says he “has been denied access to medically necessary treatment” for his gender disorder. Manning announced in August 2013, the day after his court sentencing, that he is female. Manning wants o follow grooming standards such as growing his hair longer and using cosmetics, […]