WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) made the following statement in response to press reports that the Pentagon is creating a working group to study lifting the ban on transgender servicemembers:

“The Pentagon’s announcement that it’s convening a study group to investigate lifting the transgender troop ban is a good first step, but time is of the essence for the estimated 15,500 active duty transgender soldiers who are currently in limbo,” said Speier. “The study group needs to come up with a comprehensive solution, not just lifting the ban but addressing transgender servicemembers’ health care needs and updating policies on issues such as uniforms and discharge paperwork. I’ll soon be introducing legislation that will comprehensively address this issue as well as monitor DOD’s progress and provide input.”

Congresswoman Speier will be introducing a comprehensive bill to lift the ban on transgender troops and establish a roadmap to open transgender service this week.