Op-ed: The True Hurdles to Open Transgender Military Service

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The Advocate
By Dayna Walker
June 4, 2015

The “Transgender Tipping Point” was declared last year by Time magazine in a June cover story on actress Laverne Cox. Since then, not a day has gone by without an article (or three) popping up on transgender people’s struggle for equality.

One issue in the fight is a remnant of a policy many thought cast aside when “don’t ask, don’t tell” was officially repealed in 2011 — the fact that transgender people cannot serve openly in the United States military. The repeal of DADT affected only LGB servicemembers, leaving their trans brothers and sisters in arms forced to remain in the closet. Since then, no one has brought out of the shadows one of the main impediments to open service for all LGBT military personnel.


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