Langevin Statement on Navy Allowing Transgender Sailor to Continue Serving

May 18, 2020 Issues: Armed Services, LGBT Rights

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committee on Armed Services, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Navy’s decision to allow a transgender Sailor to continue serving:

“The Navy’s decision to issue a waiver to this Sailor is a victory for equality, and I hope it is followed by a return to a just and inclusive policy on transgender service members. Despite the President’s misguided and discriminatory transgender ban, the Navy is, at least in this case, upholding its ethos of maintaining a professional, diverse and agile force that exemplifies the highest standards of service to our nation.

“Our service members maintain standards of high moral character, physical fitness, and competency within their jobs, and they are held to these standards regardless of race or gender. This Naval Officer was deemed fit to serve for nearly a decade, yet she still had to go through a discriminatory process in order to continue her service. I applaud her perseverance and commitment to the nation.

“I am grateful for the Navy’s decision; however, the President’s discriminatory transgender ban still impacts many other qualified service members, and it must end. We owe it to our service members to treat everyone with respect and dignity.”