Similar to U.S. President Harry Truman's order to racially integrate the military, a proposed amendment to a defense bill would allow all qualified soldiers, including transgender persons, to serve.
If approved with the rest of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the amendment would offer protection against sex, gender identity, and/or sexual orientation discrimination. It would also reverse the Trump administration's ban on transgender people serving in the military. According to Politico, amendment's author U.S. Representative Jack Speier (D-CA) also proposed blocking funding to implement the ban, with a separate amendment tacked on to the $1 trillion spending package.
The "Harry Truman" amendment, modeled after a 1948 presidential order desegregating U.S. armed forces, would require that anyone wishing to serve in the military only to meet standards in eligibility, fitness, and mental health. It would also give the military's equal opportunity policy legal support.
Since the NDAA is being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives, the House Rules Committee will decide if the amendment can be introduced on the House floor, according to Metro Weekly.