On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that it paid for the gender-reassignment surgery of an active-duty military service member who identifies as a transgender woman. The anonymous military service member, who earned a Combat Infantry Badge in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan in 2003, is the first individual to receive gender-reassignment surgery under a waiver allowing the […]
On Friday, August 25 U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum directing “the military not to move forward with an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to be recruited into the armed forces.” The memo “also bans the Department of Defense from using its resources to provide medical treatment regimens for transgender individuals […]
On August 9, 2017 the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a lawsuit on behalf of five service members who identify as transgender challenging the President Trump’s directive to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. According to the complaint, “The directive to reinstate a […]
In a series of Tweets on July 26, U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow……….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. […]
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.
On Monday, October 30, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued an opinion in Doe v. Trump, barring President Trump from changing the government’s current policy, regarding transgender individuals’ military service opportunities. Under the current policy, all transgender service members must be discharged by March 2018.
The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a brief in Doe v. Trump, asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit filed on behalf of several military service members who identify as transgender alleging the directive to ban transgender people from military service “violates both the Equal Protection component of the Fifth Amendment and the Due Process […]
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 […]