Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
In a surprising move yesterday, the U.S. Air Force announced a move that could eventually lead to open transgender service.
The director of the Air Force Review Boards Agency, rather than local unit commanders, must now approve the removal of a transgender individual from the Air Force.
“Neither gender dysphoria nor self-identification as transgender is an automatic circumstance that generates involuntary separation,” the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs said in a statement.
Though the Air Force’s outdated policy regarding transgender service members remains intact, yesterday’s announcement marks an important step forward. The Army announced a similar change earlier this year.
HRC continues to call on the Secretary of Defense to direct a comprehensive review of the outdated regulations negatively impacting the estimated 15, 500 transgender service members currently serving in silence.