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GSN Magazine June 2016 Digital Edition

Pentagon to announce end

Pentagon to announce end to transgender military ban on July 1st WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military families, praised the news that the Pentagon is expected to make history on July 1st by announcing the much anticipated end to the military’s ban on open service by transgender people. “Our transgender service members and their families are breathing a huge sigh of relief,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “Soon, anyone who is qualified will finally be able to serve our great nation, regardless of their gender identity. We are eagerly anticipating the details of this historic announcement, and we are incredibly grateful for the leadership Secretary Carter has shown in getting us to this critically important point for our military families.” In July of last year, Secretary Carter first announced that the DoD would finally update the outdated regulations that prevent open service by transgender service members and would take six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details. The working group started with the presumption that “transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified.” In June of 2015, the American Medical Association approved a resolution saying there is “no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from service in the U.S. military.” In March of 2015, AMPA launched an unprecedented joint report with the Transgender American Veterans Association 10 (TAVA) highlighting the tremendous harm the outdated regulations inflict on military families. The report notes, “The outdated regulations serve no purpose and only dehumanize and prevent qualified and capable individuals from enlisting and serving. The ban perpetuates trauma to all those involved, both the service member and their family.” There are an estimated 15,500 transgender service members currently serving. For more information about the American Military Partner Association and LGBT military families, please visit our home on the web at www.MilitaryPartners.org. The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest organization of LGBT military spouses, families, and allies. Based in Washington DC, AMPA is committed to education, advocacy, and support for our “modern military families.”