US military to repeal ban on openly transgender personnel

The Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender service members next month, US defense officials have said.

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The repeal would come five years after a decision to end the US military’s ban on gay and lesbian personnel serving openly, despite fears – which proved unfounded – that such a move would be too great a burden in wartime and would undermine readiness.

The disclosure came the same week that the US Army formally welcomed its new secretary, Eric Fanning, who is the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in US history.

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