Pentagon expected to repeal ban on transgender members next month

An American flag hangs over the point of impact of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon for a wreath laying observance of the attacks, near WashingtonThe Pentagon plans to announce the repeal of its ban on openly serving transgender service members next month, U.S. defense officials said. The disclosure came the same week that the U.S. Army formally welcomed its new secretary, Eric Fanning, who is the first openly gay leader of a military service branch in U.S. history. Republican Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, said Defense Secretary Ash Carter had not answered questions the panel had asked, including about "readiness challenges" for transgender service members.

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