Biden Will ‘Direct the U.S. Department of Defense to Allow Transgender Service Members to Serve Openly’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 26, 2020 | 11:02am EDT
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Former Vice President Joe Biden says that if he becomes president he will restore the policy followed during the Obama Administration that allowed transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.

“In June 2016, the Obama-Biden Administration overturned the ban on transgender individuals serving openly, without hiding their gender identity,” says “The Biden Plan to Advance LGBTQ+ Equality in America and Around the World,” which is posted on Biden’s campaign website.

“But Trump reversed this policy, barring transgender patriots from serving openly,” says the Biden plan.

“This is discriminatory and detrimental to our national security,” says Biden’s plan. “Every American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to do so—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and without having to hide who they are.

“Biden,” says the plan, “will direct the U.S. Department of Defense to allow transgender service members to serve openly, receive needed medical treatment, and be free from discrimination.”

Here is the passage from plan to advance LGBTQ+ equality that talks about allowing transgender service members to serve openly:

“Reverse the transgender military ban. In 2010, Biden played a leading role in the Obama-Biden Administration’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to allow gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members to serve the country they love without hiding their sexual orientation. In June 2016, the Obama-Biden Administration overturned the ban on transgender individuals serving openly, without hiding their gender identity. But Trump reversed this policy, barring transgender patriots from serving openly. This is discriminatory and detrimental to our national security. Every American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to do so—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and without having to hide who they are. Biden will direct the U.S. Department of Defense to allow transgender service members to serve openly, receive needed medical treatment, and be free from discrimination.” 

This is a screen capture from "The Biden Plan to Advance LGBTQ+ Equality in America and Around the World” that is posted on Biden's campaign website.
This is a screen capture from "The Biden Plan to Advance LGBTQ+ Equality in America and Around the World” that is posted on Biden's campaign website.

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