HRC Commends Hagel for Comments on Transgender Service Regulations
May 11, 2014 by HRC staff
Today on ABC’s "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in response to a question about military health regulations which effectively bar military service by transgender persons, said he believes that regulations should be reviewed.
I do think it continually should be reviewed. I’m open to that. I’m open to those assessments, because – again, I go back to the bottom line – every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it.
HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy said: "A review of the thirty-year-old Pentagon medical regulations is necessary and timely. The fundamental principle that every employer should use to evaluate their personnel is ability and job performance--and this principle particularly applies to our nation's Armed Forces. It makes no sense to exclude qualified transgender service members, and we are pleased Secretary Hagel endorses a review. HRC looks forward to additional details about the next steps and to working with the Department of Defense and coalition partners to ensure changes to these harmful regulations."
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