WASHINGTON, D.C. - A big victory for the LBGT rights movement in the military recently happened as the Pentagon announced that it will allow openly transgendered people join the military.
In 2011, Don`t Ask Don`t Tell`s repeal allowed for gay and lesbian members of the military to be open about their identity, but left transgendered people to remain in hiding.
“In taking these steps we're eliminating policies that can result in transgender members being treated differently from their peers based solely upon their gender identity rather than upon their ability to serve.” Declared Ash Carter, the Secretary of Defense, at the conference where he made the announcement.
As many as 11,000 active-duty service members and reservists who were forced to live a secret life to avoid being discharged will be affected by the decision.
"I'm also confident that we have reason to be proud today of what this will mean for our military. Our military, and the nation it defends, will be stronger." Said Secretary Carter at the end of his speech.
The announcement comes at a time when America is transforming its own ideas on acceptance and gives freedom to those who are fighting for our freedom; those who once weren't free to be themselves.