Pentagon Recognizes for First Time That Transgender Veterans Exist

The Department of Defense for the first time has made an official acknowledgement that transgender people have served in a uniformed capacity in the armed forces by reflecting in its records the gender identification of activist and veteran Autumn Sandeen, Buzzfeed reports.

SandeenIn a short letter dated May 2, a Navy official told Autumn Sandeen, a veteran and transgender activist: “Per your request the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) has been updated to show your gender as female effective April 12, 2013.”

Sandeen’s military identification card now reflects the change, a move called “quite significant” by the head of OutServe-SLDN, a national organization for LGBT service members and veterans and their families.

“The fact that a process exists [to change the gender listed] indicates that there are people in the Department of Defense who are aware of the needs of transgender retirees and who are working to see those needs met. And, in that sense, the significance of this symbolic act for our broader work and for our goal of open service becomes I think a little bit more apparent,” OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson told BuzzFeed.

Much more at Buzzfeed


  1. says

    about bloody time! i’ve marched alongside Transgendered/Transitioned former-military members in the USA, and it was an absolute honour.

    the repeal of DADT was not complete, at all. i hope this signifies another progressive leap into decency and understanding for our species.

  2. David Hearne says

    Congratulations, Ms. Sandeen! The military and the world is a better place because of you.

  3. GB says

    MSNBC Chris Matthews love affair with Obama is over. “”What part of the presidency does Obama like? He doesn’t like dealing with other politicians — that means his own cabinet, that means members of the congress, either party. He doesn’t particularly like the press…. He likes to write the speeches, likes to rewrite what Favreau and the others wrote for the first draft,” Matthews said. I know – he wants to leave the county a sexual mess.

  4. MateoM says

    I’m sorry, GB (aka Rick/Jason/Ratbastard/David Hearne/Adam)…were you making some trollish point? Don’t you ever get tired of the same republican troll points that you spew on numerous threads on this site every single day?

  5. D says

    I’ve seen at least two retired members as well as several dependents have their gender changed in DEERS. And it wasn’t recent; 2009 and earlier.