The US House of Representatives have voted on an amendment to reverse Trump’s ban on transgender servicemen and women serving in the military.
The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act makes it law that any person who meets gender-neutral occupational standards can serve in the military regardless of race, colour, national origin, religion or sex, including gender identity or sexual orientation.
“This is a crucial moment for our elected officials to bring accountability to a reckless and lawless policy,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.
“This bigoted ban has brought chaos to prospective recruits, active duty service members, and countless families forced to watch their dedication and duty soiled by a self-interested President.
“The military wants and needs qualified transgender people, and we applaud this action by the House to ensure that every person willing and able to serve is allowed to serve. It will now be up to the Conference Committee and the President whether to embrace equal opportunity or discrimination.”