Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., plans to introduce a bill to lift the ban on service by transgender military members, according to the American Military Partner Association.
“It’s far past time for this unjust ban that harms our transgender service members and their families to end,” AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack said. “While the Department of Defense could easily do this without action from Congress by updating the military’s outdated regulations, we applaud Rep. Speier for her strong leadership in working to end the ban.
The Department of Defense recently added non-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian service members by updating the military equal opportunity program to include sexual orientation as a protected category. Gender identity was not included in the updated policy.