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New US Defense Department charter is gay inclusive but trans exclusive

A new ‘human goals’ charter signed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday outlines the military’s goals of better supporting gay and lesbian personnel but fails to mention transgender personnel who can still be excluded from service
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
Photo by Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/DOD

US Defense Secretary has signed an updated human goals charter for the Defense Department yesterday which outlines the department’s commitment to ‘diversity, inclusion and fairness.’

But the document ignores that the US military can still legally fire and refuse to hire transgender people and fails to mention them at all.

Hagel was joined in signing the 2014 Department of Defense Human Goals Charter by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and called it a milestone in the Defense Department’s efforts to ensure the organization remains a place of progress in accepting people regardless of their sexuality.

‘Our most important resource is our people, [and] the values expressed in the charter are as old as America itself,’ Hagel said via the American Forces Press Service.

‘They’re at the core of DOD’s mission as well.’

‘I’m proud that the language of the charter has been updated to reflect the contributions of gay and lesbian military personnel who now serve openly and proudly across America’s armed forces,’ Hagel said.

‘We will continue striving to make military service a model of equal opportunity for all regardless of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.’

However Hagel did not mention gender identity in his speech as transgender Americans still remain taboo for the US military – especially if they are in the process of transitioning genders.

GSN reported yesterday on US Navy sailor and transgender man Langdon Williams going public with his story of being discharged for what his superiors termed medical reasons after they discovered he had transitioned prior to being deployed to Afghanistan.

The US Government is being lobbied by LGBTI in the military public policy group the Palm Center to update military regulations that still class transgender people as suffering from mental illness and label being transgender as a ‘paraphilia.’

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