SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- October 23, 2014 -- Currently serving transgender service members from five of the 18 foreign militaries that allow transgender service gathered in Washington D.C. on October 20 for a conference sponsored by the ACLU and the Palm Center. The conference was the first-ever international gathering of transgender military service members on US soil, and panelists included service members from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK. Media coverage of the event included stories by BBC, MSNBC.com, and CNN.com.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - August 26, 2014 - The Palm Center has released a new study, "Report of the Planning Commission on Transgender Military Service," which finds that allowing transgender personnel to serve in the military is administratively feasible and will not be burdensome or complicated. Today's Commission report, which was co-signed by nine authors including three retired General Officers provides a road map that identifies 14 aspects of policy formulation for a non-discriminatory rule on transgender service. The report is based on research into the 18 foreign nations that currently allow transgender service, as well as lessons learned from US military integration of previously excluded populations, including gay, lesbian and bisexual personnel."
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 13, 2014 - A commission co-chaired by a former US Surgeon General released a report today concluding that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning, according to the Associated Press. In one of the first and most detailed assessments of the basis and impact of the current policy, the Transgender Military Service Commission examined all medical and psychological aspects of transgender military service, and found inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the Pentagon's rationale for the exclusionary policy, which remains in affect despite the scrapping of "don't ask, don't tell." Click here to read more. Click here to read the full report.