USA Defense Secretary wants to allow transgender people serve in the militrary

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Secretary Ash Carter yesterday reiterated a commitment to allow openly transgender people to serve in the US Military. Mr. Carter states: “The question of principle we’ve sort of settled — what matters is people’s ability to contribute to our military,” said Carter during a Q&A session with cadets at the Air Force Academy. The only barriers we should ever erect to that principle are ones in which there are practical issues that we can’t work through.” He added: “We do things in a careful, thoughtful manner, and I’m confident we’re going to get to the right place.”

Issues such as grooming and uniform specifications may still need to be worked out by the US Military.It is unclear whether military healthcare would provide people with hormone replacement therapy, or cover gender reassignment surgery.The comments come as states like North Carolina and Mississippi have effectively barred trans people from using gender-appropriate bathrooms. Carter in July 2015 announced intentions to let trans people serve in the military. At the time he said the regulations “are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions.”

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