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Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

Ten Federal Judges Have Now Rejected Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | President Donald Trump’s July 26 tweet announcing that “the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military” — an approach amplified by an official August 25 memorandum — has encountered unanimous resistance from 10 federal judges who have had […]

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

Trans Enlistees Can Sign Up January 1, Judge Rules

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Federal district judges on opposite coasts dealt setbacks to President Donald Trump’s anti-transgender military policy on December 11. In the Washington, DC, District Court, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rejected a motion by the Justice Department in Doe v. Trump to stay her preliminary injunction that requires the Defense Department to allow transgender […]

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

Pentagon’s Discretion in Trump Trans Military Directive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the cover of a Category 4 hurricane bearing down on Texas — or as Donald Trump would characterize it, taking advantage of all the eyes glued to TV because of it — the president on August 25 issued a formal “memorandum” to the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security spelling […]

Panetta Announces New Partnership Status, Benefits

Panetta Announces New Partnership Status, Benefits

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In response to growing demands from advocates for gay and lesbian military service members, the Defense Department on February 11 announced a new list of benefits that will be made available to their same-sex domestic partners and spouses. The list is comprised of more than 20 benefits, including the Dependent ID […]