by Nick Stone | Jul 13, 2015
Today, senior U.S. officials at the Pentagon told the Associated Press (AP) they are finalizing plans to lift the ban on transgender military service. An announcement is expected this week “with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender or sexuality-based barriers to military service.” The American Military Partner Association, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military families, praised the news.
“We are thrilled the Department of Defense will finally be taking the necessary steps to allow our transgender service members to serve openly and honestly,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “We look forward in anticipation to the announcement this week and being able to review the process and implementation.”
According to the AP report, the services “would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details.”
In March of this year, AMPA launched an unprecedented joint report with the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) highlighting the tremendous harm the outdated regulations inflict on military families. The report notes, “No one should be forced to choose between defending the country they love and being true to their authentic self. The outdated regulations serve no purpose and only dehumanize and prevent qualified and capable individuals from enlisting and serving. The ban perpetuates trauma to all those involved, both the service member and their family.”