Navy Allows Transgender Sailor to Serve

Navy Allows Transgender Sailor to Serve

( – Despite President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, last week, the US Navy confirmed a sailor was granted a waiver to serve in her preferred gender. The Navy is not identifying the person by name and refers to her only as Jane Doe.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a lawsuit on the Naval officer’s behalf in March after the Navy initiated an involuntary discharge. They say she served two extended tours of duty over nine years and is a surface warfare officer.

Trump’s ban began in April 2019, reversing an Obama-era order that allowed transgender people to serve openly in the military. It blocks individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria from serving. The Department of Defense’s (DOD) current policy is transgender people can serve so long as they meet the standards of their gender at birth. However, they can grant waivers, as they did in this case.

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