Biden ends Trump’s transgender military ban
President Joe Biden has repealed the ban on transgender people serving in the military that had been put in place by Trump.
Biden ended the ban in an executive order that repeals the order used by Trump to start the ban.
“Today, we celebrate President Biden’s executive order lifting the ban on transgender service members in the military,” said John Knight, LGBTQ and HIV project sirector of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “The President’s action reverses the cruel and arbitrary ban imposed by the previous administration nearly four years ago.”
“This is a significant and hopeful moment for our country,” said Staff Sergeant Cathrine (Katie) Schmid, a 15-year active servicemember of the U.S. Army, in a statement from Lambda Legal. “Over the last three years, we’ve fought to prove that transgender people are not a burden, a hindrance, or a distraction – we are an equal and contributing part of this society just as much as any other group, and this development vindicates that basic principle.”
“We look forward to turning the page on this dark chapter of our history and returning to the day when transgender people can once again serve their country openly, proudly, and equally,” Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings said. “This ban was a low-water mark for our country, which defied the military’s own judgment permitting open service, and its reversal marks a recommitment to our country’s most basic promise of equality for all.”
“President Biden’s reversal of the Transgender Military Ban is a huge step towards full equality for the LGBTQ community and serves to make us stronger as a nation,” said Erin Uritus, CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. “It will allow transgender Americans who choose to serve to do so freely, safely, and honorably. With the confirmation of the nation’s first Black Secretary of Defense, General Lloyd Austin, our armed forces – across all ranks – are increasingly looking like the country they so valiantly protect. Their talents will make our military better.”
“Trans servicemembers continued to serve our nation despite a president who disrespected their contributions and who reinstated discrimination for his own political gain,” said Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund. With that stain on our nation removed, trans servicemembers will rise through the ranks and join the military in greater numbers, changing perceptions of trans people in the U.S. and around the world.”
“For years, transgender patriots were forced to continue to hide their identity while serving in our military,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. “But today, thanks to President Joe Biden, Secretary Lloyd Austin, and pro-equality voters across America, they may live and serve openly as themselves. The government will begin the process to eliminate an arbitrary and discriminatory executive action that has not only harmed transgender service members but our entire military.”
This story will be updated.