They can’t go to the bathroom, but they can go to war!
Transgender individuals may currently have the least amount of rights of any American citizens, but Thursday marked an important day in history for the LGBT group.
That’s because the Pentagon just officially repealed the ban on trans soldiers in all five branches of the military!
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the decision nearly a year after indicating his intention to change the outdated law, and we’re happy to see he kept his word!
Ash explained his controversial decision during a press conference at the Pentagon on Thursday, saying:
“Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so. Our mission is to defend this country, and we don’t want barriers unrelated to a person’s qualification to serve preventing us from recruiting or retaining the soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine who can best accomplish the mission.”
Way to go, Ash!
However, there are still some stipulations…
1. Current trans active duty who wish to change their gender may officially start to do so on October 1, 2016 — granting them their desired identity in the system as well as medical care.
2. New transgender individuals may start enlisting on July 1, 2017.
3. Trans people must be their desired gender for 18 months in order to enlist.
Those don’t seem too terrible to abide by at all.
Trans people finally have the right to fight for their country — even if it so often demonizes them.
What do U think about the Pentagon’s historic decision??
[Image via White House/Instagram.]