29 Feb '16, 5am

Ask the Lawyer: Transgender service members' rights are evolving

Ask the Lawyer (Photo: Thinkstock/Staff) Q. I am a transgender member of the armed forces. What are my rights to serve? A. On Aug. 3, the Pentagon began to dismantle the ban on service by openly transgender Americans. As a study from the Williams Institute at UCLA estimates, as of May 2014, there were 15,500 transgender Americans serving in the Guard or reserves, and approximately 150,000 veterans from the Guard or reserves. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s July 2015 memo stated the assumption that “transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified,” after establishing a task force to identify the purported “objective, practical impediments” to open service by transgender armed forces members. As the Advocate magazine further stated, “[s]ince July 13, ...

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