Monday’s executive order “immediately prohibits involuntary separations, discharges, and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances relating to gender identity,” a White House statement sent to HuffPost and other media outlets read.
Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride.
Less than a year into his presidency, Trump announced plans to ban trans people from serving in the military in “any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption” that he claimed comes with employing trans personnel.
Though numeroussurveys have shown that the majority of Americans support transgender military service, the controversial policy took effect in April 2019.
Now, a shameful chapter in our nation’s history begins to draw to a close. We look forward to working with the White House & DOD to ensure every qualified patriot can serve their country openly. Grateful to all who advocated & voted to end this unpatriotic ban. pic.twitter.com/3u62222KCx
“The greatest military in the world will again value readiness over bias, and qualifications over discrimination,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David told HuffPost in an email statement.
Added GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, “The American people, military leaders, and service members themselves, all overwhelmingly support transgender military service. They know that brave trans patriots have served throughout history and continue to serve honorably and capably, defending our country.”
Trans service members bravely and dutifully serve our country.
Today, Biden fulfilled his promise to rescind Trump’s shameful, discriminatory, and unconstitutional trans military ban. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/EmgVJ8GCaL
Lawmakers, celebrities and and other LGBTQ rights advocates also approved.
Americans who answer the call to serve are heroes—no matter what their gender identity or expression is.@POTUS’s order reversing the abhorrent transgender military ban will make our country safer & stronger.
Biden immediately put out a sweeping protection for LGBTQ people and now has undone Trump’s hideous ban on transgender people in the military. And my fellow queers who claimed Biden was just as bad as Trump are suddenly silent for a second.
Many in the LGBTQ community have expressed hope in Biden, who on the campaign trail signaled his intent to reverse course from the Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ platform.
In addition to Monday’s executive order, the president has pledged to prioritize the Equality Act, a comprehensive anti-discrimination bill. Last month, he made history by nominating his former primary rival Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary. If successful, Buttigieg will become the first openly gay man to be confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post.
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