U.S. Pentagon Recognizes Transgender Service Members For First Time

U.S. Pentagon Recognizes Transgender Service Members For First Time

The U.S. Pentagon for the first time has officially recognized transgender service members in a significant step being hailed by the LGBT community.

The acknowledgement came in the form of a letter to veteran and transgender activist Autumn Sandeen confirming that the Navy had updated its records to show she is a woman.

While still a long way from open transgender service in the military, OutServe-SLDN, an organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members and their families labeled the move as a ‘symbolic’ step in the fight for transgender people to be allowed to serve openly in the military.

The letter from the Navy official, dated May 2, read: ‘Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.’ Sandeen’s military identification card now reflects the change.



One comment on “U.S. Pentagon Recognizes Transgender Service Members For First Time

  1. Genevieve

    My congratulations to Autumn. It’s sad that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell didn’t cover transgender people. I’m pleased that it passed but the job wasn’t complete.

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