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Mattis Permits Transgender Troops to Continue Serving in the Military While He Waits on Study Results

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that transgender people will continue to be allowed to serve in the US military, while he waits upon the results of a study “by experts” to determine whether their service will negatively impact military readiness or costs, USA Today reports. Luckily, such a study…

Citing Nonexistent Extra 'Costs,' Trump Announces Ban on Transgender People in the Military

A little over a year ago, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that transgender individuals would be allowed to serve openly in the military. “We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission,” he said in the…

Rep. Jackie Speier On One Change That Would Truly Help Combat Sexual Assault in the Military

Sexual assault in the military isn’t a new thing—in fact, it’s a problem that military and government officials have been aware of for decades. But in our collective memory, attention is generally only paid to it once every few years, when something horrific breaks through, like the Marines United nude photo scandal…

'Women Are Not Footnotes to History': Gloria Allred on Why Marines United Scandal Isn't Over Yet

In March, it came out that the Defense Department was investigating reports that veteran and enlisted Marines had joined a private Facebook page called “Marines United,” where they shared photographs of women—some clothed, some not—many of whom were their colleagues in the Marines, without their consent. Since then,…

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