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Twitter Celebrates the Pentagon Lifting the Ban on Trans People in the Military 

Twitter Celebrates the Pentagon Lifting the Ban on Trans People in the Military

Twitter Celebrates the Pentagon Lifting the Ban on Trans People in the Military

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter stated that one of the reasons to lift the ban is because trans people are already there. 

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In a historic move in the ongoing march toward equality, the Pentagon announced today that it would lift the ban on military service by transgender Americans.

“I am announcing today that we are ending the ban on transgender Americans in the United States military,” said Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense, in a news conference today, according to The Advocate. “Effective immediately, transgender Americans can serve openly, and they no longer can be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender.”

The Secretary of Defense stated three reasons for lifting the ban, according to The Advocate. The first reason is to ensure the future of the nation’s all-volunteer military. He then stated that transgender people are already serving in the military. And finally he said that it is unfair to ask transgender people to lay down their lives for the country they love (but not to allow them to serve openly).

Groups like the LGBT military advocacy group SPARTA and OutServe-SLDN celebrated the news as it was announced today, as did trans, LGB people, and allies all over social media.

Here's a round-up of that celebration!

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.