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Pentagon Ends Ban on Open Military Service by Transgender People

The Pentagon has lifted its ban on transgender men and women serving openly in the military. “Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told reporters Thursday. Carter directed Thursday that the gender identity of a qualified individual could not be used to bar them from military service or from any accession within the...

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