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, […]
Transgender activists are ramping up for a campaign to allow transgender soldiers to serve openly in all branches of the U.S. military. The Pentagon’s Transgender Problem – Mother Jones. Still Servicing in Silence.
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 […]
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 […]
The New York State Restoration of Honor Act provides a mechanism to compensate gay and lesbian veterans expelled from the military under Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The bill conflates sexual orientation – which was the subject of DOMA – with gender identity, which was not addressed by DOMA.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the memorandum decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims denying a military service connection for post-traumatic stress disorder experienced by a transgender woman. Smith v. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs.
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, […]