ACLU Statement on Pentagon Lifting Its Transgender Service Ban

June 30, 2016 5:00 pm

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense announced today the lifting of its ban on transgender people openly serving in the military.

James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project, had the following reaction:

“We commend Defense Secretary Ash Carter for lifting an outdated and discriminatory policy that prevented transgender people from serving their country. This policy should be quickly implemented so that all qualified individuals who want to serve have that opportunity.”

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