30 Apr '18, 8am

Top enlisted sailor says he's 'honored' and 'blessed' to serve with transgender troops

CHINHAE NAVAL BASE, South Korea — The Navy’s top enlisted sailor expressed his support for transgender servicemembers during a visit to South Korea last week. “We are honored and blessed to have you on our team, and you will continue to have my support,” Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven Giordano told Stars and Stripes in a comment directed toward transgender troops following an all-hands call Friday at Chinhae. Giordano’s comment came a day after Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis went before lawmakers and defended a proposed Pentagon policy that would bar most transgender people from military service. The policy — approved by President Donald Trump in March — has not been enacted, pending the outcome of a series of lawsuits opposing it. Mattis has recommended that the military disqualify transgender people with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria, with so...

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