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Pentagon Set To End Ban On Transgender Service Members In May

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

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Ending Trans Discrimination In the Military: the Rest of the Story

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Barbra Siperstein

On July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is a long overdue action to remove a barrier to open service for a small but significant minority.

Should Transgender People Be Allowed to Serve Openly in the Military?

Kevin Martin | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Kevin Martin

No one honorably serving their country should have to lie about who they are in order to continue to serve - we're better than that! If they are allowed to die for our country, they must be allowed to live as themselves.

Jennifer Bendery

Pentagon Adds 'Sexual Orientation' To Military's Anti-Discrimination Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon has added "sexual orientation" as a protected class under its Milita...

Amanda Terkel

Top Medical Group: 'No Medically Valid Reason' To Block Transgender Individuals From Military Service

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Medical Association gave its unanimous approval to a resolution Monday that concludes there is "no medically valid reason t...

Jennifer Bendery

Air Force Loosens Its Policy Banning Transgender Troops

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Air Force announced Thursday that it is making it a little easier for transgender airmen to stay in their posts, despite the mi...

Jennifer Bendery

Banned From Serving Openly, Transgender Veteran To Attend Pentagon Event In Uniform

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the Pentagon holds its Pride Month event next week honoring gay and lesbian service members, Sheri Swokowski will be there to make ...

Jennifer Bendery

Transgender Troops In Other Nations Are Proof That Inclusive Militaries Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cpl. Natalie Murray has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years. She is a radar technician, and she has been deployed as...

Michelangelo Signorile

After Marriage Equality, Are Transgender People 'Going To Be Left In The Lurch'?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices

Now that President Obama has signed an executive order banning workplace discrimination against LGBT people among federal contractors, transgender act...

Michelangelo Signorile

Transgender Navy Sailor Who Was Discharged Gets Frank In Our Exclusive Interview

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices

Landon Wilson was serving as a Dominance Warfare Specialist in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Afghanistan, when his life was turned upside down one day l...

A Look Back At Some Of The Week's Biggest LGBT News Stories

Posted 05.02.2014 | Gay Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every F...

Human Rights Are (Transgender) Soldier Rights

Captain Sage Fox | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Captain Sage Fox

While deployed to the Middle East as a white, male officer, I lived and worked as a member of the privileged majority. However, after acknowledging my female identity, I suddenly found myself in one of the most exclusive and marginalized clubs in the U.S.

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When people say they support transgender people but oppose the specific issues that matter to the transgender community, it makes as much sense as saying you support the gay community, but oppose marriage equality and anti-bullying initiatives.

Could The Ban On Transgender Military Troops Soon Be Lifted?

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U....

How LGBT Organizations Can Be Better Transgender Advocates

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

As we win marriage equality, the focus of the right wing is shifting to "religious liberty" and anti-transgender legislation. Organizations will have to become more competent with transgender issues while figuring out how to raise money to advocate on the same.

8 Things LGBT People Couldn't Do In 1985 -- And 7 Things They Still Can't Do

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices

From the days of the Stonewall Riots to the current battle for marriage equality across the United States, the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

We're Not Astroturf: Why Open Trans Military Service Is a Worthy Fight

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 11.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Last week Professor Dean Spade, a former teaching fellow at Harvard and transgender activist, attacked efforts to raise awareness of the exclusion of transgender people from U.S. military service.

The Risks Of Being Transgender In The U.S. Military

Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Bryce Celotto joined HuffPost Live Sept. 6 to discuss being transgender while serving in the U.S. military. "The military is something that was alw...

Transgender Service Must be a Priority

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

For transgender Americans, though, full participation in public life still eludes us.Transgender people are now lagging far behind the LGB community in nearly every measurable area. Open service, and the implicit recognition as full citizens it conveys, is our best opportunity to start closing it.

Matt Sledge

Chelsea Manning Considered Gender Transition For Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- Chelsea Manning's announcement about her gender transition last Thursday seemed to catch many casual observers by surprise. The former Arm...

WATCH: What It Means To Be Transgender In The Military

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.23.2013 | Gay Voices

A new documentary web series titled "TransMilitary" hit the web this week, attempting to bring visibility to the lived experiences of transgender indi...

Nail Polish Wars: The Truth About Transgender Service

Brian Stone | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

In 2011 I met a young transgender sailor, Ayden, who was born male but feels she was meant to be a female. Now that she's discharged, I can tell her story. It's a story that paints the landscape of transgender issues in the military, which are alive and well long after the repeal of DADT.

Secret Service: Transgender Military Personnel Sound Off On Being Closeted

Posted 10.24.2012 | Gay Voices

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" may have been repealed a year ago, but transgender people are still banned from serving in the military. Tackling the issue is...