Washington DC just lifted the ban on transgender soldiers in the military
A year following the Supreme Court ruling same-sex marriage as a legal right, the LGBTIA+ community got another long-fought-for win. The Pentagon has lifted its ban on transgender troops.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter addressed the press, announcing the change.
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) June 30, 2016
Carter said that the ban would be lifted right away, and people who want to--and who are qualified to--serve should be able to.
— (((SPLC))) (@splcenter) June 30, 2016
The news has excited many, including those who want to or are currently serving.
SCOTUS:Domestic abusers can't own guns
SCOTUS:Women have right to make their health decisions
DOD:Trans troops can serve openly
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 30, 2016
America can make it legal for trans people to serve in the military and trust them with guns but y'all still can't trust them in bathrooms?
— ???? / ???? (@MashriqLands) June 30, 2016
About 2,500 transgender people are currently serving on active duty and will now be able to do so openly!! https://t.co/jkQjnddd6Q
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) June 30, 2016
It's long past time we opened the military to openly transgender people. Glad to see this step toward equality. https://t.co/tHzcOOFGuU
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 30, 2016
But it is also a controversial decision that has led to many complaints, but also many questions about how can this realistically be implemented.
@BuzzFeedNews interesting I wonder what the training requirements will be, also can someone transition while on active duty.
— SFR (@cali94612) June 30, 2016
Transgender policies moving too fast, military officials say https://t.co/mkx3GbWqsC
— TIME.com (@TIME) June 30, 2016
The news is coming at the same time at the Marine Corp. has also announced that it will eliminate the word "man" from 19 positions making them gender neutral.
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