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Pentagon Opens Doors to Transgender Troops

“The Pentagon announced Monday that it will allow transgender members of the military to serve openly starting next year, marking an end to a long-standing policy that barred them from the armed forces,” reports The Washington Post .  

“Carter also issued a directive that would make it more difficult to discharge transgender personnel over the next six months while the new rules are being established, requiring all such cases to be reviewed by a senior Pentagon official. The Pentagon took a similar interim approach to freeze the discharges of gay troops while it was preparing to lift that ban five years ago.”  

“An estimated 15,500 transgender people serve in the military, but they have been forced to conceal that identity.”

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