Jan 26, 2021
Equality NC policy director reacts to Biden lifting Trump ban on transgender people serving in military
It was an about face for the US military on Monday as President Biden signed an executive order now allowing transgender people to openly serve without limitations or restrictions, reversing the Trump administration's 2017 ban.
Ames Simmons is transgender and the policy director at Equality NC. He says the new measure is a relief for his community.
"The military is one of the biggest employers of trans people. Transgender people are more likely to be living in poverty and military service is often seen as a way lifting your family out histories of discrimination and particularly people who are Black, brown and people of color in North Carolina where we have so many military installations," said Simmons.