Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the Pentagon’s dismantling of the previous administration’s ban on transgender servicemembers in the U.S. military.

“The late John Lewis always reminded us that it is never the wrong time to do the right thing, and the Pentagon absolutely did the right thing today by reestablishing a policy of inclusion for transgender servicemembers, who once again will be able to serve openly and proudly in their self-identified gender. Our brave transgender servicemembers should never have been subject to the Trump Administration’s discriminatory and bigoted policy. While President Biden and Secretary Austin have kept their promises to defend transgender servicemembers who put their lives on the line for Americans, we must ensure that we never backtrack again on basic human decency. I will continue to work with my colleagues to establish statutory nondiscrimination protections for our servicemembers.”