Tuesday, September 20, 2011

From Campus Progress - For Transgender Americans, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Not Enough

The discriminatory military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” officially came to an end early this morning.

For 17 years, the law, originally an attempt to help gay and lesbian servicemembers instead forced them into the closet and resulted in thousands of dismissals. The legislation meant that closeted LGB people could serve free of harassment, but that servicemembers could be discharged if their sexual orientation became public.

Now that the much anticipated repeal is finally taking effect, soldiers are coming out, marching in pride parades, telling their stories, and rightly celebrating.

We should celebrate this victory for what it is: One step along the road to justice for LGBT people.

And while that’s reason to applaud the repeal, it’s vital that we also cannot ignore the fact that transgender people are still unable to serve...

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