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.

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."

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