Task Force Calls for Lifting of Military Ban on Transgender People on Anniversary of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal
WASHINGTON, DC, December 22, 2014 ―Today marks the four-year anniversary of President Obama’s signing into law the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a policy that denied lesbian, gay, and bisexual people the right to serve openly in the military.
“For too long, courageous lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members lived in fear of being discharged from the military simply because of who they loved. That unfair and ill-conceived military policy was effectively repealed four years ago when the President signed into law a monumental piece of legislation.”
“While the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ brought us one step closer toward full equality for LGBTQ people, transgender people are still denied the opportunity to serve openly in the military simply because of who they are. Today, on the anniversary of the real of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we call on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to lift the ban on transgender people in the military.”
–Darlene Nipper, National LGBTQ Task Force Deputy Executive Director.
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