theartoftransliness

artoftransliness:

But as a transgender veteran, and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) service members, veterans and their families, the changes that Secretary Panetta brought about in his last days in office have left me emboldened. Here’s why: As the combat exclusion for women comes to an end and open service for gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans edges closer to truly equal service, it becomes more and more obvious that there is no longer any rational basis on which to bar qualified transgender people from serving in our armed forces.” -Allyson D. Robinson

Assessing DADT-repeal at the half-year mark shows little disruption, but sticking points on nondiscrimination and a second front on securing out transgender service.

This articles touches upon several important points that are still left pending, even after the repeal of DADT, such as equal benefits, and of course transgender servicemembers.