Navy Grants First Waiver to Transgender Officer Under Trump’s Ban

The first transgender officer granted a waiver to openly serve in the United States military under the Trump administration’s current ban is known only as Jane Doe.

In March, the GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a suit on her behalf against the Pentagon over the policy, the first challenge to the ban after it went into effect in April 2019. While those who came out as transgender under the Obama administration’s policy have been allowed to continue serving openly and receive medical care, anyone who came out after can only serve under their assigned gender at birth.

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