Five states to keep transgender members of National Guard


LAS VEGAS — This week, Nevada joined four other states in allowing transgender people to continue serving in its National Guard.

“The State of Nevada does not discriminate against anyone, including and especially servicemembers, based on gender identity or expression,” Helen Kalla, communications director for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, told The Daily Beast. “Governor Sisolak believes the only criteria to serve in the Nevada National Guard is one’s readiness to serve.”

Other states defying the ban are Oregon, Washington state, New Mexico and California.

National Guard is under the control of their respective state’s governor. The online outlet reported that this allows governors to push back against changes in military policy.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown told website that she is “appalled that the Supreme Court is delivering an intentional blow to civil rights by supporting a push from the Trump Administration to bar transgender people from serving in the military.”

A spokesperson for Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee told The Daily Beast that he “stands in solidarity with transgender Americans across the country in opposing this policy and won’t stop fighting until it is defeated.”