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Honor Their Sacrifices, Lift the Transgender Ban
Memorial Day we honor and reflect on those who have given the ultimate
sacrifice, including transgender service members who gave their lives while
having to serve in silence. On this day, we are asking that Secretary of Defense
Chuck Hagel honor these brave people — and those who serve today and in the
future — to remove the dishonorable ban that bars transgender people from
serving in the military. |
Currently there are over 15,145 transgender personnel who currently serve in active, Guard, and reserve components of the military. Transgender individuals are twice as likely to serve in the military as non-trans individuals. These transgender people are forced to hide in the closet, as current military medical codes bar transgender people from serving in the military. Yet a recent commission which included former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders found that there was “no compelling medical reason” that transgender people should be barred from serving.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has also recently called for a re-examination of the ban on transgender service. In an interview on May 11, Hagel stated that “I’m open to those assessments, because — again, I go back to the bottom line — every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it.”
We urge Secretary Hagel to lift the ban immediately. It is time for us to finish the job that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell left unfinished. Today, for Memorial Day, it’s time to make sure transgender people are honored with the same respect as every other service member who has made great sacrifices for our country. Please, take a moment today to honor our transgender service members by reading our blog post and sharing it.