Navy grants 1st waiver to transgender officer to serve under preferred gender

by Bryan Brammer · May 18th, 2020 2:14 pm

The U.S. Navy has granted a waiver to allow a transgender officer to continue serving "in their preferred gender" for the first time since the Trump administration prohibited most transgender troops from serving as anything other than their biological sex.

"The acting Secretary of the Navy has approved a specific request for exemption related to military service by transgender persons and persons with gender dysphoria," Navy spokeswoman Lt. Brittany Stephens told CNN.

The Navy officer, known only as "Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit in March against the ban, claiming that he was facing involuntary discharge for being transgender.

Stephens said the waiver will allow the officer "to adhere to standards associated with their preferred gender, such as uniforms and grooming."

SPART*A, a group that advocates for transgender military members, applauded the decision.

"This is great news and we are ecstatic both for the Sailor and the breach of the waiver logjam. I am hopeful that this is the first of many; but the fight is far from over," SPART*A President Emma Shinn said.


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