The Pentagon has repealed its long-standing ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military “effective immediately,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.
“Americans who want to serve and meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to do so,” Carter said. “Implementation will begin today.”
“We don’t want barriers limiting a person’s qualifications to serve,” he said. “We have reason to be proud today of what this will mean for our military, because it is the right thing to do, and it is another step in ensuring that we continue to recruit and retain the most qualified people,”