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LGBT Caucus Applauds DoD Removal of Transgender Service Ban

Sep 26, 2016
Press Release

1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: June 24, 2016         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572

LGBT Caucus Applauds DoD Removal of Transgender Service Ban

Washington, DC – The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus applauded the Department of Defense’s decision to reverse its ban on transgender people from serving in the armed forces. 

“The entire LGBT Equality Caucus thanks the White House and the Pentagon for this historic policy change,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Executive Director Roddy Flynn.  “The repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was an important step forward, but LGBT equality is not complete if the transgender community is left behind.  This country has the greatest fighting force in the world because we place readiness and security above arbitrary exclusion or discriminatory policies.  Transgender service members should not have to hide their identity to serve their country.  For too long these courageous soldiers have been forced to serve in silence.  Thanks to this new policy, we will have a stronger, more focused and more just military.

We want to thank Secretary Ash Carter for his vision and leadership in bringing this discriminatory ban to an end.  We are eager to review the final policy when it is released by the Department of Defense.”

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 or with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.