Pelosi Statement on Biden Administration Formalizing Protections for Transgender Servicemembers

March 31, 2021
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Biden Administration announced the implementation of its January 25 executive order to reverse the Trump assault on transgender troops:

“Today, on International Transgender Day of Visibility, the Biden Administration is reaffirming this truth: that our transgender servicemembers are American heroes, and their patriotic service should be honored with dignity and respect. 

“This important step keeps the promise made by President Biden in his first week of office to reverse the hateful Trump assault waged against the thousands of transgender Americans who serve in our military.  Thanks to the courageous advocacy of the LGBTQ and military communities and the leadership of Democrats, transgender servicemembers will now have access to the essential medical treatment needed to transition, to protections against discrimination and to the freedom to serve openly under their self-identified gender.  At the same time, with this action, our military readiness will be enhanced, our core American values will be honored and those with the strength and bravery to serve will not be turned away because of who they are.

“Under Democrats, America’s defense strategy will be dictated by the priorities of security, stability and strength.  On this day and always, Democrats stand with all members of the trans community in defense of their rights and dignity.”