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U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Voiced Support for Lifting Ban in a USA Today Story.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - December 10, 2014 - Earlier today, U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told USA Today the transgender ban currently in place in the U.S. Military should be lifted. James further stated, "From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve."

Palm Center director Aaron Belkin offered the following statement:

"I am encouraged by Air Force Secretary James's announcement today that the Pentagon's ban on military service by transgender personnel will be reviewed soon, and by her statement that, ‘anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve.''"

"Scholarly research as well as the experiences of 18 foreign militaries that welcome the service of transgender personnel show that an inclusive policy will strengthen our military."

"Air Force Secretary James's comments today are a positive step, but President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief and is ultimately responsible for setting policy, and it is imperative for him to clarify his position as well."

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - November 26, 2014 -Three retired General and Flag Officers, including Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, Major General Vance Coleman, and Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett issued a joint statement today to accompany a new report showing that the Army, Air Force, and Navy/Marines have failed to comply with new Defense Department (DOD) rules on transgender personnel.

The retired General and Flag Officers are joined by seven LGBT leaders and experts who signed the statement, including Kristin Beck (Military Freedom Coalition), Kylar Broadus (National LGBTQ Task Force), James Esseks (American Civil Liberties Union), Diane Mazur (Palm Center), Shannon Minter (National Center for Lesbian Rights), Harper Jean Tobin (National Center for Transgender Equality) and Dayna Walker (Transgender American Veterans Association).

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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 BBCMSNBC.com, and CNN.com.