Op-ed: When Being a Trans Ally Is as Simple as Asking a Question

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The Advocate
By Allyson Robinson
February 26, 2015

Last Sunday, a young Navy officer serving in Afghanistan made history with an act of bravery that’s made headlines around the world.

It took place during a “commander’s call” in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where the new secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, was speaking to troops on his first visit to the country. When he finished his remarks and called for questions, Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Ehrenfeld of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps raised his hand. He thanked Carter for speaking with them, then asked, “Sir, what are your thoughts on transgender service members serving in an austere environment like this?”

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