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PENTAGON ENDS TRANSGENDER BAN


The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military. The announcement -- which removes one of the last barriers to military service by any individual -- was made by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who had been studying the issue for almost a year.The decision comes as the military has witnessed major changes in the role of women and the inclusion of gays, lesbians and bisexual service members in recent years.Carter said the ending of the ban takes effect immediately and that no longer could a transgender person be discharged on that basis.

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