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Department of American Studies Statement on U.S. DOD Transgender Military Service Policy

Sun, April 28, 2019
Department of American Studies Statement on U.S. DOD Transgender Military Service Policy

In light of the recent implementation of the U.S. Department of Defense’s new transgender military service policy, the Department of American Studies affirms its support for its transgender students who face the loss of ROTC scholarship funding as a consequence of this new policy. Specifically, we recognize the ways in which this new policy contributes to the marginalization of and outright discrimination against our transgender students. As scholars, teachers, and members of the university community, we recognize the rights of our transgender students to seek a college education and to serve in the nation’s voluntary armed forces as an expression of American ideals of pluralism, mobility, and inclusivity. The arbitrary nature and implementation of this ban constitute a disregard for national security in the interest of bitter partisan gain. 

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