Friday, March 21, 2014
Despite 2011 repeal of DADT, transgendered still banned from military service by administrative rules; Palm Center recommends lifting ban
I actually did not cover the issue of transgendered people in the military in all the years I wrote about “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the military gay ban, but Metro Weekly reports that administrative rules still prohibit transgendered individuals from serving in the military, although the rules are not required by Congress.
Justin Snow reports on a study commissioned by the University of California at Santa Barbara Palm Center, recommending that the Obama administration could lift this ban on its own and follow the examples of other militaries, link here.
There are been a few stories. Bradley Manning claims to be transgendered, but back in 1993, Scott Peck’s radio program in Washington interviewed a naval intelligence officer who left the military after fifteen years as a man, for a gender change. She was able to get a similar job as a civilian.