In first, transgender troops testify about military service on Capitol Hill

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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A hearing on Capitol Hill Feb. 27 became a veritable tale of two cities as transgender troops testified about their commitment to military service while Trump administration officials sought to explain why they would seek to deny them from enlisting in the armed forces (while at the same denying their proposed policy was a ban).

Each of the five transgender service members told the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee about their military records, which consisted in some cases of years of military service and deployments overseas.

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Trans troops continue their service as Trump threatens expulsion

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Lt. Cmdr. Blake Dremann is continuing to do his job, despite President Trump’s announcement that he intends to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

The transgender Navy supply core officer, 36, is feeling secure in his role at a military base in Virginia — at least for the time being — until higher-ups issue guidance telling him he can no longer serve.

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