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.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- May 22, 2014 -- Two UCLA scholars have released a new research memorandum estimating the number of currently-serving as well as veteran military personnel. According to the new memo, Transgender Military Service in the United States, 15,500 transgender personnel are serving currently in the active, reserve and guard components, and 134,300 transgender individuals are veterans of military service. The scholars, Dr. Gary J. Gates and Dr. Jody L. Herman, report that transgender citizens are approximately twice as likely to serve in the military as non-transgender Americans.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- May 14, 2014 -- Following the publication this evening of a New York Times editorial about transgender military service, Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin issued the following statement: "The New York Times editorial page has confirmed the findings of a Palm Center commission of medical experts that included a former US Surgeon General, and that concluded that the military's prohibition against transgender service is based on invalid medical arguments. In calling for presidential leadership in this matter, the Times echoed the findings of evidence-based research that underscores the importance of whether or not the President sets policy directions clearly. The Pentagon's own "don't ask, don't tell" working group stated, "leadership matters most" in successfully implementing openly gay service. Examples of leadership from Presidents includes President Obama's 2010 State of the Union call to repeal the ban on gays in the military as well as President Truman's 1948 Executive Order on racial segregation. In the case of transgender military service, the implication of the scholarly research is that to sustain unit effectiveness, readiness and cohesion, the Commander in Chief should clarify his policy and the reasons for it."