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BREAKING NEWS! Transgender people can openly join and serve the U.S. military effective June 30

by Shaun Knittel – SGN Associate Editor Transgender members of the U.S. military can now serve openly. ‘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 Thursday afternoon, June 30. ‘Effective immediately, Transgender Americans can serve openly, and they no longer can be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being Transgender.’ Carter outlined three primary reasons why the Department of Defense (DOD) is lifting the ban, nearly a full year after the secretary announced the creation of a working group to study ‘any practical impediments’ to letting Transgender Americans serve in the armed forces as their authentic selves.? The first reason is to ensure the future of the nation’s all-volunteer military force. ‘The Department of Defense needs to avail ourselves of all talent possib

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