July 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
EXCLUSIVE: Clinton ‘proud’ of decision to end trans military ban
Hillary Clinton, gay news, Washington Blade

Hillary Clinton cheered the end to the trans military ban. (Photo by Gino Santa Maria; courtesy Bigstock)

Hillary Clinton cheered Saturday in an exclusive statement to the Washington Blade the Pentagon’s decision this week to lift the prohibition on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. armed forces.

“I am proud of the decision to lift the ban on allowing transgender troops to serve openly in the military,” Clinton said. “This decision will allow thousands of brave soldiers who are deeply committed to defending our nation to serve with dignity and respect. Having the world’s best military doesn’t just mean having the best-trained, best-equipped forces or the biggest arsenal — it also means being a leader on issues of equality and opportunity.”

But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said work on LGBT rights isn’t done, adding, “Now we need to finally pass the federal Equality Act and end discrimination against LGBT Americans once and for all in employment, housing, and other aspects of public life.”

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced after a year-long review the medical regulation barring transgender people from serving in the U.S. military would be lifted “effective immediately.” The defense chief laid out a year-long implementation plan that includes full coverage for transition-related health care, including gender reassignment policy, and adding transgender status to the military’s non-discrimination policy.

The presidential campaign for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump didn’t respond to the Blade’s request to comment on openly transgender military service.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • This woman will say and do anything to further her own desire, which is to become President.

  • She is finished.

  • Hillary Clinton ‘Proud’ That Pentagon Lifted Trans Military Ban She & Bill Supported. Lie enough by taking all sides of all issues to win votes. Bernie Sanders 1972 platform included LGBT rights while she still supported segregationists.

    • DADT didn’t cover Trans people.

      Bernie’s gay rights bill in Burlington also didn’t cover Trans people. Nor did the later VT gay rights bill. The 1972 LGBT Platform- again – it didn’t include Trans people. It’s LGB, yes.

      He’s not been out there as a champion of Trans rights as say a Rep Honda or others are.
      His website’s LGBT section doesn’t list a single Trans issue he’s been instrumental in getting progress on – or a single Trans specific issue.

      Clinton can actually point to her Passport Policy that had real impact on Trans people’s lives.

      I’m not saying either is a champion of Trans people- but – get your facts straight if you’re going to try and speak for us.

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