President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday to reverse a policy that prohibited transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Military.
"Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It’s simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride," President Biden tweeted.
Transgender folks deserve the same access and opportunities as our cisgender peers. Transgender Education Advocates of Utah applauds the Biden administration for overturning a discriminatory policy that othered and endangered our community.
Removing obstacles and embracing a mindset of inclusion at a federal level sends a clear and necessary message that transgender and gender nonconforming folks belong. This action is overdue acknowledgment for the contributions and sacrifices transgender service members have made throughout our nation’s history.
Tisha Olsen, TEA Board Member and Gunnery Sgt. USMC (Ret.), spoke about the impact of the executive order.
“As a veteran, the lifting of the ban against the transgender community is long overdue,” Olsen said. “Here it is, 2021, and we are finally letting anyone and everyone who is able to meet the standards serve our country. If you want to serve and you meet the standards, what is the issue? We’ve served honorably and diligently in hiding: Now we can serve openly and authentically as ourselves.”