SAN FRANCISCO, CA – – 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 for the full report.
SAN FRANCISCO (July 30, 2013) - Today, the Palm Center announced a new, multi-year research initiative to study transgender service in the US military. The initiative is the largest and most comprehensive academic research project ever conducted on transgender military service, and Project Director Indra Lusero has launched the effort by commissioning 16 scholars to conduct 11 studies on whether and how the U.S. armed forces could include transgender troops without undermining readiness.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- March 2, 2013 -- A group of retired military brass including two former Defense Secretaries submitted an amicus brief this week in the Windsor/DOMA case currently before the Supreme Court. According to the brass, "DOMA threatens the core of the military's mission" by preventing the Pentagon from supporting the families of LGB service members. Carter Phillips at Sidley Austin is counsel for amici. Their brief is posted here: http://bit.ly/Y6180v