Thursday, September 16, 2010

Effective December, Trans People Can Openly Serve in Australian Military

Australian Defence Force Chief Agnus Houston

As we struggle in this country to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban that bars gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving openly in the military, Australia has announced that trans people will now be allowed to serve openly in its military.

According to The Advocate, A member of the Australian military's desire to transition has led to the repeal of the nation's ban on transgender service members.

The announcement from Australian Defence Force chief Angus Houston (pictured) came Monday, 18 years after the force repealed the ban on gay and lesbian troops, according to

The policy is scheduled to become effective in December. Houston said commanders must “manage ADF transgender personnel with fairness, respect, and dignity ... and existing medical review provisions; and ensure all personnel are not subjects to unacceptable behavior.”

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