January 25, 2021
Media Contact: Denise Spivak, CEO
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
CenterLink Celebrates President Biden’s End to the Transgender Military Ban
This morning President Biden ensured that transgender Americans will be able to serve their country with pride, eliminating the trans military ban enacted by the previous administration.
Allowing qualified transgender citizens to serve openly will make the United States stronger and safer. Transgender servicemembers deserve the same respect and gratitude due to anyone who is willing to put their life on their line for their fellow Americans.
The ban was a vivid illustration of the discrimination that many transgender Americans experience all too often. Despite this step forward, LGBTQ+ individuals remain vulnerable to discrimination in other areas of life because of insufficient nondiscrimination protections. It is time to pass federal legislation providing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ+ Americans, like the Equality Act.
While today’s action is a giant leap toward equality, CenterLink and our 260+ member centers will continue to work with the current administration and lawmakers to ensure the entire LGBTQ+ community will be able to live free of discrimination in all areas of life.
CenterLink strengthens, supports, and connects LGBTQ community centers. Founded in 1994, CenterLink plays an important role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery.