Timed to coincide with the Transgender Day of Visibility, the Pentagon has announced its reversal of Trump-era policies which effectively banned transgender Americans from serving in the military.
The Associated Press reports the new department regulations “allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and serve openly in their self-identified gender, and they will be able to get medically necessary transition-related care authorized by law.”
More from the AP:
The changes come after a two-month Pentagon review aimed at developing guidelines for the new policy, which was announced by President Joe Biden just days after he took office in January.
Biden’s executive order overturned the Trump policy and immediately prohibited any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin then gave the Pentagon two months to finalize the more detailed regulations that the military services will follow.
The new rules also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
A review of service members who were discharged or denied reenlistment because of gender identity issues under the previous policy has also been ordered.
BREAKING: Defense officials say the Pentagon will sweep away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military and will issue new rules that broaden their access to medical care and gender transition. https://t.co/Az4rbKMaJX
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 31, 2021
DOD spokesperson John Kirby announces an update of Pentagon policy on transgender service: "The revised policies…restore the department's original 2016 policies regarding transgender service—specifically they prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity." pic.twitter.com/b8w6RzUPKg
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 31, 2021