Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Serve Openly in Military

According to the New York Times, Israel served as an example in its military openness towards transgender people in the American Defense Secretary’s lift of Pentagon’s ban on transgender people in the U.S. armed forces.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Thursday removed one of the final barriers to military service by lifting the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the armed forces.

“Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly,” Mr. Carter said. “They can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender.”

Making the announcement, Mr. Carter said the Pentagon had studied the experience of allied countries that already allow transgender people to serve in their militaries, such as Britain, Australia and Israel.

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